Eeksy-Peeksy

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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Prescriptivist

Am I tired of hearing people ask and answer their own questions when a simple statement would have sufficed? Yes, I am.

Does it bother me when people use this construction to covertly reframe a conversation while sounding as if they are simply interacting with and responding to the people who are supposed to be asking the questions? Yes, it does.

The next time I hear one of these constructions, am I likely to punch the speaker in the mouth? Even if the speaker's name is Rumsfeld? Probably not. Security is tight these days. But everyone should brush and floss regularly, take plenty of calcium and vitamin D, and keep the number of an all-night dentist handy. FAQ.

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