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24 Mar 2003

Zeena, Queen of the Bungle
Dear Zeena

I think that you participate well in this forum in that you respond frequently to the many heart-rending posts here. The quality of your answers is another matter and I won't comment about them.

I know that you have developed a support base in this forum, evidenced by the vocal support you had when you were last castigated.

I read all the regulars' responses with great interest and I was suprised at you pompous response to the "Mother????" posting by Don.

I, too, have wondered about the standard of grammar used by postees (if there is such a word) but my interest was related to the standard of education vs. the severity of personal problems. I suspect that there is a sociological thesis there somewhere. Perhaps not.

However, I was dumbstruck by your rather imperious request for posters to take more care when posting. How dare you?

In your brief response I counted 11 errors; these range from incorrect use of the ablative, the singular use of the genitive when the plural was correct, incorrect contractions, an instance of a split infinitive and blatant ignorance - or disregard - of the rules for the use of capitals and puntuation. What nerve you have.

In this forum we should concern ourselves with the seriousness of what posters have to say and not snobbishly comment about their use of the english language. How many "typos" (sic) are acceptable to you? How many spelling errors are "rather too many"?

I wonder how Don felt about your advice, such as it was, after being criticised for his (or her) bad english by someone who clearly knows no better. Shame on you.
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01 Jan 0001

Oh dear, I hardly dare to respond. I might do something truly nasty with the ablative !
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