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Re: punctuated abbreviations // was english spelling reform

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Sunday, October 20, 2002, 3:13
Padraic Brown writes:
 > --- Tim May <butsuri@...> wrote:
 > > What do you mean, turn it around on them?  That's
 > > part of its intended use.
 > I use /mIz/ for everyone. [Unless I know that the
 > person in question uses Ms for PC reasons. Then she
 > gets a Mrs. in writing, or a clear /mIsEs/ in speech.]

Why?  Deliberately disregarding someones chosen mode of address - in
such a way as to violate the consistancy of you own behaviour -
strikes me as singularly discourteous.

 > It has nothing to do with the "intended use", but with
 > a convergence of /mIz/, /mIsz/ and /mIs/ all of which
 > are very close and easy to level in rapid speech.

This, on the other hand, is perfectly reasonable.


Tim May <butsuri@...>
Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>