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- 06:06pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (#
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jorian319 - 05:40pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16530 of
That's a great point, cantabb - written
eloquence begins and ends with the writer's precise idea of
the effect he's trying to have upon the reader.
I think Rshow's been 'fishing' without a net or a hook. The
ideas in a "ton of half-baked ideas" are still half-baked --
same applies to 'ten' tons of them (even if unloaded on the
forum a few dozen times)!
- 06:13pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (#
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Well, Showalter's typing on "borrowed time" from now
on....his "audience " will disappear....
- 06:16pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (#
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'twisting slowly in the wind.....' ?
[We've not heard a bleat or anything from the barnyard --
yet. I know it's coming ]
- 06:17pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (#
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You know he was "hoping for" it...
- 07:42pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (#
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Can we do a better job of finding
truth? YES. Click "rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have
done and worked for on this thread.
- Jorian comments that I'm fishing - and it is a
fact that I'm a little taken aback - I was expecting this
board to be archived this morning - had my mind adjusted to
that. Found that a pleasant prospect. A clean way for me to
move on .
But I did hope that the basic point of http://www.mrshowalter.net/FrequencyOfVeryCommonWords.htm
would interst some people - maybe Jorian most of all.
The standard of "new, surprising and different" is a vital
standard - a news standard. For some other purposes -
and some of the most important purposes - the question "what
happens most frequently?" is an important question.
Jorian uses words superbly - but all the same - the 200
most common words - probably less than .2% of the words he
knows and uses and judges well - are still more than half his
( I'm guessing - but with a good basis - they are more than
half of practically every good writer's word count. )
Some common things are very important - and
when problems go wrong with monotonous regularity - even for
"obvious" reasons - getting improved understandings can be
worth the trouble.
By the way, the facts of http://www.mrshowalter.net/FrequencyOfVeryCommonWords.htm
were the second thing I was taught in crypto training.
Here was the first - and a hard lesson, forcefully
Unvaried stimulus, regardless of amplitude, is
equivalent to NO stimulus.
The most "obvious" things are hard to see. That's a
good reason to point them out.
I'm not sure I'm posting again tonight. When I cited the
data in http://www.mrshowalter.net/FrequencyOfVeryCommonWords.htm
- and the basic lesson about complexity and fallibility in
Nemo's story http://www.mrshowalter.net/a_md8000s/md8115.htm
- I was hoping to refer to points that Jorian could
Jorian has a low opinion of platitudes - but when
there are basic facts and relations that should be
platitudes - because they are of very wide application - yet
those fact and relations are not widely known - it can be
useful to work those things out.
How many people know how high the frequency of "the
most common things" is - not just in language - but in most
things people do?
More should. Maybe from the first grade on.
- 07:57pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (#
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Well, you're still babbling Showalter, but NO ONE is
listening.....the Forum is over....you're all ALONE again....
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