Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: On Noir

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 05 Oct 2005

While it may be romantic enough to emulate Nero Wolfe sitting at a fireplace feeding it sheets of the latest dictionary to escape the evolution of language, that language, nevertheless and obviously enough, does evolve. We no longer "discover" secrets to each other, it is no longer an insult to refer to a friend as a "homeboy," and no contemporary small child replies "Anon" when called to dinner by its mother and/or father. Language changes with age, because it changes with use. Some evolves, and some drops out of the meme-pool. And this is stuff EVERYBODY knows.

Nevertheless, I'm enjoying the argument, the more so because it's begun to remind me of a scene from a Nero Wolfe tale.

If this commentary is unwanted, discover it to me anon, homes.


--- Richard Moore <> wrote:

> Okay, when I wrote my last post encouraging Jim
> Beaver to stay with
> this group despite the uncivility of this definition
> war, I said I
> skipped the recent postings. And I have for the
> most part (although
> I noticed that Jim Beaver's post was prompted by one
> of your's) until
> I read the one below.
> Sigh. In years past when you would wade into the
> definition debate
> with a billy-club, you would dress comments like the
> one below as if
> they were tongue-in-cheek. Please note that if you
> do not want to
> seem completely boorish, you need to make that
> tongue a little more
> apparent in your cheek. If you think this is funny,
> it isn't. If you
> are serious, you should blush.
> You and I agree on many subjects and I've purchased
> and enjoyed your
> books but, my goodness, enough is enough.
> Richard Moore
> <jimdohertyjr@y...>
> wrote:
> > Jack,
> >
> > Re your question below:
> >
> > > Hmm, he's wrong just because you say so, Jim?
> >
> > He's wrong because he's wrong. My saying so
> doesn't
> > make him wrong, it merely signals that I've
> recognized
> > it.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > __________________________________
> > Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005
> >

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