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Re: Grammar
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1027  Monday, 15 April 2002

[1]     From:   Markus Marti <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Apr 2002 16:21:29 +0100
        Subj:   Re: 13.1014 Re: Love and Grammar

[2]     From:   Arthur Lindley <
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        Date:   Saturday, 13 Apr 2002 09:50:59 +0800 (SGT)
        Subj:   Re: 13.1014 Re: Love and Grammar


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From:           Markus Marti <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Apr 2002 16:21:29 +0100
Subject:        Re: 13.1014 Re: Love and Grammar

>The Houyhnhnms
>[hereafter "the word"] clearly "interpellate themselves as subject".
>I've always imagined that the word was an onomatapoeic representation of
>a horse's whinny (like weehee - yes, look it up!), which would not
>exactly "rhyme" with homonym. It is undoubtedly a visual half-rhyme,
>though. Bloody hell, that's nearly as bad as "dialogic stage
>direction"...

Would not (vice versa) horses regard any human utterance (like
"Freedom", "Democracy", "Whisky", "Grand National", "Shakespeare" or
"dialogic stage direction") as a mere self-interpellation of a yahoo?
Between themselves, they might onomatopoetically call us
"Shakespeareans" because it sounds as if we sneezed.

The rhyme "houyhnhm-homonym" is, therefore, not at all a visual
half-rhyme, but rather one of the very few almost perfect interspecific
rhymes.

Markus Marti

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From:           Arthur Lindley <
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Date:           Saturday, 13 Apr 2002 09:50:59 +0800 (SGT)
Subject:        Re: 13.1014 Re: Love and Grammar

The best explanation I know of 'Houyhnhnm' is that it's the word human
pronounced by a horse.

Arthur Lindley

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