From: F J Franklin (F.J.Franklin@sheffield.ac.uk)
Date: Sat May 11 2002 - 08:02:43 EDT
> I merely wish to express the need for a diffusely
> constructive attitude, where all parties involved are free
> to express their feelings about Abiword, as I keep on
> saying, "with due respect", without the risk of being flamed
> by the developers or by other users.
Okay, I have checked the flood of my frustration so far but this e-mail
has bust the dam. "Diffusely constructive", you say? What, may I ask,
possessed you to combine these two words (let alone the third - "attitude"
- but don't get me started)? Indeed, so taken aback was I by the absurdity
of this conjunction that I, yes even I, stayed the wash of my wrath to
consult the OED, that bastion of vocabulary, and (alas!) I was vindicated!
"Diffuse," according to the dictionary, means, "not concise, long-winded,
verbose." How, I ask - no, I *demand* - can its adverb possibly be applied
Francis James Franklin
"No, she really likes me. She told me I look like Britney Spears, and why
would you say that to somebody you don't like?"
--- Elle Woods
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