Re: Fwd: Fanspeak: a speech therapist's view (fwd)

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Sun Feb 06 2000 - 14:22:36 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:

[the vorpal blade strikes]

Fascinating- although I'm not a bigtime fan (having been to three SF cons
in total), many of the space activist conventions I attend are much like SF
cons (right down to the presence of oddly dressed or gender-ambiguous
individuals). The tendency to finish each other's sentences and to speak
in "written english" are dead-on, and probably can be extended to
engineering and scientific professionals as well as fen.

I suppose the existence of fora like this just makes it worse- most of us
here tend to be very precise in our grammar and diction (such as my use of
the plural "fora"!)

On the other hand, I sometimes try to loosen up my writing by using more
colloquial spellings- ya instead of you, ain't instead of aren't... but on
the gripping hand it's distinctly in the minority.

Doug Jones
Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

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