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Old 01.11.2016, 19:20
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Re: 9 months in Switzerland - a honest report.

In short, Kedi is JohltaVontra in drag (aka a sock puppet)

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Old 01.11.2016, 19:21
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I do not watch that sort of nonsense actually. It is for people who have not read English literature and cannot appreciate a higher form of writing, i.e. Charles Dickens, George Eliot etc.
Oh my, a woman of letters. I am impressed. Did you also read the Greeks? The Russians, perhaps? What of poetry? The Germans?


Neither Dickens, nor Eliot would have used "i.e.". Dickens would have crafted a run on sentence, as he so often did, and was so skilled at, and listed many more examples, without perhaps being exhaustive about it, and Eliot would not have used a phrase such as "such as".

Craft yourself an online personae if you will, but my advice would be twofold: first, endeavour to place the idea in the reader's head indirectly, and second, take whatever measures are reasonable to ensure that most people won't think "Wow, what an idiot!".
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Old 01.11.2016, 19:22
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So what is wrong with that? I take it you are not a literature teacher.



Who said I only read Dickens? Downton Abbey does not compete with sci-fi dramas, does it? I only compared it to Dickens because I couldn't compare it to 1984 or Lolita or Moby Dick.

Also as you see I have a lot of nonsense in my life, after all I am here, posting.

Anyway, you are taking the discussion further off-topic.
Am I not? Damn. All this time...

I didn't say there was anything wrong with it, I took exception to your talk of "Literature". You brought up the canon, not me. And FYI, this discussion has been off topic for about 9 pages.
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I do believe Nil had her tongue firmly in her cheek.
I thought she just said the second part tongue-in-cheek. Otherwise why mention "Enaj and other bitter members (her words, not mind).

I hope she comes back and tells us if it was sarcastic or seriously meant.

What is that interweb forum radar? Is it something like a gaydar? I really do not have that much experience around forum circles.
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Old 01.11.2016, 19:23
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Hmm, so there is some truth to what I said. I was once on a new mummy ("mommy" to Americans so I wasn't in ancient Egypt or anything like that ) forum and I noticed this sort of behaviour there. So my comment about ganging up on people via PM was just guesswork. Interesting that it actually happens here as well. But really from the tone of writing it is obvious that there are a couple of different groups going on here.
alright now I believe you that my English is crap if you didn't get my sarcasm....

Or it's the other way around!
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Oh my, a woman of letters. I am impressed. Did you also read the Greeks? The Russians, perhaps? What of poetry? The Germans?


Neither Dickens, nor Eliot would have used "i.e.". Dickens would have crafted a run on sentence, as he so often did, and was so skilled at, and listed many more examples, without perhaps being exhaustive about it, and Eliot would have use a phrase such as "such as".

Craft yourself an online personae if you will, but my advice would be twofold: first, endeavour to place the idea in the reader's head indirectly, and second, take whatever measures are reasonable to ensure that most people won't think "Wow, what an idiot!".
I am guessing she didn't read all those books in English, m'lord. Shitty countries happen to have great translators.
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Dickens would have crafted a run on sentence, as he so often did, and was so skilled at, and listed many more examples, without perhaps being exhaustive about it, and Eliot would have use a phrase such as "such as".
I am glad we found at least one common interest and agree on one thing. I only read English literature as a hobby so I do not claim to be able to analyze Dickens' style let alone write like him.

Also, you need to be fair, it does not matter if I write "i.e" or not. This isn't exactly a creative writing platform but I see you are still slightly miffed at my (not a little childish) comments about your spelling abilities.
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alright now I believe you that my English is crap if you didn't get my sarcasm....
Well I really couldn't believe anyone with an ounce of social grace would bring real people who are not even commenting here into a sarcastic remark. My bad.
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Old 01.11.2016, 19:31
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I am guessing she didn't read all those books in English, m'lord. Shitty countries happen to have great translators.
Sometimes, but they can also have crap translators.

And I doubt that 'she' is a she.

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I am guessing she didn't read all those books in English, m'lord. Shitty countries happen to have great translators.
Even in translation, neither Dickens, nor Melville work without long convoluted sentences. With the possible exception of translating Shakespear's 3 levels wrapped up in puns into German (or any other language expunged of multiple meanings), the style of an author can generally be maintained in translation.

Besides.... there is reading, and there is reading, and that makes (has made) all the difference.
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Did you also read the Greeks? The Russians, perhaps? What of poetry? The Germans?
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I did read the Russians but not as much as the English. But no Greeks or Germans if you do not count Goethe's Werther and Buddenbrooks. I did read the French though but only translations I am afraid.

You see I can only read 3 languages and only 2 of them to be able to read high literature. We cannot all be like Nil.
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Sometimes, but they can also have crap translators.

And I doubt that 'she' is a she.

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What is that interweb forum radar? Is it something like a gaydar? I really do not have that much experience around forum circles.
Different frequency I believe. I also believe your last sentence.
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Even in translation, neither Dickens, nor Melville work without long convoluted sentences. .
Well, I actually read all of them in the original. I even read Fanny Burney and Samuel Richardson. Why is that so surprising?
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I read books too!

Aren't I clever!
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I also believe your last sentence.
Hmm, did you say "mean girls"?

I must agree with another poster. This has turned into a cat fight after your entrance.
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I read books too!

Aren't I clever!
You are clever but are you also rich?
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Well, I actually read all of them in the original. I even read Fanny Burney and Samuel Richardson. Why is that so surprising?
Yes but did you have fun reading them? Try Terry Pratchett, all will be well.
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You are clever but are you also rich?
Define 'rich'.

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You are clever but are you also rich?
I'm rich in laughter and love.
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