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Re: Whatever
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1005  Thursday, 22 May 2003

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:42:47 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0997 To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.

[2]     From:   Marcus Dahl <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 21 May 2003 05:15:53 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0997 To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.

[3]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 21 May 2003 09:59:35 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0997 To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 May 2003 13:42:47 -0400
Subject: 14.0997 To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0997 To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.

The English columnist is clearly oblivious to the manifold wonders of
"whatever."

I recommend Avitall Ronell's brilliant commentary on it in her amazing
book, Stupidity.  I loved using it at the end of my introduction to
Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares.

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From:           Marcus Dahl <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 May 2003 05:15:53 EDT
Subject: 14.0997 To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0997 To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.

I think Al Margery is right.

yeah whatever.

(see that's two words)

Marcus

(in fact if you include all parentheses of explanation you can go on
forever in infinite deferral just like Derrida or the Titus Peele
thread).

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 May 2003 09:59:35 -0500
Subject: 14.0997 To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0997 To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.

I think Nicolson is both right and wrong. "Whatever" as a combination of
epithet and verbal punctuation is commonly used by people of limited
verbal skill to mean essentially "I have gotten myself into a conceptual
thicket that I am too lazy, too bored or too stupid to get out of, so
I'm not talking about it any more."

On the other hand it is used by intelligent, well-educated and
verabally-skilled persons (such as ourselves) as a satire not only on
those noted above, but also on themselves, because they, too, (to their
chagrin) sometimes find themselves befuddled, yet are unwilling to
expend the effort to get themselves unfuddled.

For that purpose I find it extremely useful.

Whatever,
don

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