Electronic voting feasibility

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Sun Sep 26 18:50:45 CEST 2004


Andrew Durdin wrote:

> On 21 Sep 2004 19:47:42 -0700, Patrick Maupin <pmaupin at speakeasy.net> wrote:
> 
> if nitpicking['grammar']:
>  
>    > You're absolutely right -- in English just about any
>    > noun can be used as an adjective
> 
>    No. Both nouns and adjectives can be used as
>    attributive modifiers; what distinguishes them is that
>    adjectives are limited to that context, whereas nouns
>    can also be used as substantives.

In English [and, particularly, in "American English"] it is just as 
common to see people verbing nouns as it is to see them nouning verbs.

I normally interpret a disregard for the basics of English as an 
indication of sloppy thinking, but on the Net I try to respect the 
possibility that English is often not the first language of correspondents.

I am also much more tolerant of rule breakage when I see evidence that 
the correspondent knows that the rules *are* - rules are, after all, 
made to be broken.

I thought that "sonic cryptography" was a good enough pun to elicit a 
small groan. But you have to remember I'm from the scholl that believes 
a pun is no good enough it doesn't make at least some people groan.

regards
  Steve



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