3.1341 '---' versus 'etc.' (40)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 1 May 90 18:01:02 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 1341. Tuesday, 1 May 1990.

Date: Tue, 1 May 90 02:18 EDT
Subject: --- versus etc.

In reply to an anonymous writer who calls himself Text Archive:
You said:

Date: Fri, 27 Apr 90 19:10 GMT
From: Oxford Text Archive <ARCHIVE@VAX.OXFORD.AC.UK>
Subject: Matrix Annoiuncement

That was no announcement. It was a piece of blatant commercialism.
Just because they say it isn't "an attempt to solicit funds" doesn't
make it any the less of an advertisement. And people who talk about
"penetrating potential marketplaces" deserve to be taken out and
hung by their --- well, they certainly are not Humanists as I
understand the term.

I take the opportunity to post an advertisement of my own after noticing
that HUMANISTs still resort to --- after my long crusade for the
unlimited use of ETC.

May I here cite again a fellow HUMANIST, Robert Kirsner who sent me the
following citation he made up for me as a Christmas present on 22 Dec.
1989: "Bond kicked as hard as he could right at Zhnarkovsky's et cetera
and the Russian spy fell to the ground screaming." Typographically
speaking, isn't etc. nicer than ---? Though semantically speaking, ---
may be more vague than etc. and thus more polite, which is not what was
stylistically aimed at by the above mentioned author.

Be patient folks, my article on the etc is coming in autumn.

Michel Lenoble
Litterature Comparee
Universite de Montreal
C.P. 6128, Succ. "A"
Canada - H3C 3J7
E-MAIL: lenoblem@cc.umontreal.ca