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CHAT: Must Needs? (WAS: Lighting Some Flames: Towards conlang artistry)

From:Elliott Lash <al260@...>
Date:Friday, March 15, 2002, 1:40
In a message dated Thu, 14 Mar 2002 4:21:47 PM Eastern Standard Time, Raymond
Brown <ray.brown@...> writes:

> At 4:02 pm -0500 12/3/02, John Cowan wrote: > >Raymond Brown scripsit: > [snip] > >> Long live the hobbyists and the humble craftsmen, I say. > > > >Hear, hear. And while we're at it, let us repudiate the notion > >of artists who aren't craftspeople. Did anyone ever hear of a > >great painter who didn't happen to paint very well? > > > > I agree - but some who ain't craftsman call their productions "modern art" > (quickly dons asbestos suit ;) > > But, yes, anyone who aspires to become a true artist must needs learn the > skills of his crafts first.
[SNIP] Must needs? I thought that was only a 19th century construction! I would just get rid of the needs: "anyone who aspires to become an artist must learn the skills of his crafts first" It seems like the "needs" is just redundant, and I've never understoond the motivation behind that sounds very weird to me. :) Elliott Lash


Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>