Joined: April 2004
||Posted: Jan. 17 2006,04:51
|Quote (jtiger @ Jan. 16 2006,23:04)|
|On quotes and "quotes" and DSL newbies....|
So duh...there's a geek and wannabe geek divide--but it's also true that almost everyone who uses Linux wants to get the f*** away from Microsoft, and yet, there are those screwy tasks in the world like printing, which usually doesn't require searching through databases for hours to see what computer might be compatible when you have Winblose, because the company made all of its printers Windows compatible. I just shelled out money on a printer hoping to use it on DSL to find out that it wasn't compatible with Linux, period (and it's HP, at that!). But I love DSL and am willing to suffer: terse, cryptic instructions, the challenge of "rewriting" code (scripting) without being a programmer or having done it b4, and a hard learning curve secure in the knowledge that I am becoming more independent from the Evil Empire by the day to the amazement and shock of some of my friends, who think I should be focusing on my "dissertation" (-to-be). But what do they know.
P.S. There are other ways of looking at language than focusing on its referential function (to "communicate" "ideas"). One way is to look at all of the functions of language present in an utterance (among others, the conative function, the metalinguistic function and the poetic function). Cf. Roman Jakobsen's oft-cited essay "Poetics and Linguistics" (do a Google search).
IMHO, the use of quotes around the word 'got' in the phrase "I "got" Linux" may be a visual deployment of "sudden onset" aspect which is otherwise performable in certain spoken Englishes (variously socially distributed) through intonation and other paralinguistic features. However, it is true that the use of such quotes in terms of style is subject to contention and warnings against "overuse" in prescriptive grammar texts and ultimately, their interpretation is subject to considerations of uptake and other emergent intertextual factors.
Me caveman...me grunt...me fling poo like monkey
Heh...ok...you win..your IQ is waaaaay above mine
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