Electronic voting feasibility
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.
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