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Go to: The "So" meme

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Too many comments. Apologies if I'm repeating someone. I think the use of "so" at issue here is really a variant of the legitimate use wherein it is a substitute for "consequently."

It's just that the narrator has implied an antecedent in an attempt to foster a relaxed, informal familiarity with the listeners, as though they're picking up a conversation they left off at some other time.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 05:13:50 UTC | #924518

Go to: Finding A New Path Without God

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I was brought up Mormon. Twice I came close to completing the paperwork/interviews and committing to a "mission". But I just couldn't bring myself to do it. That's when I finally confronted my growing doubts and realized Mormonism, along with all religion, was nonsense on stilts. Thank goodness I didn't actually serve. I can't imagine how agonizing it must be to realize you're actively working to pull the wool over gullible or vulnerable people's eyes.

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 23:45:44 UTC | #908355

Go to: Violinists can’t tell the difference between Stradivarius violins and new ones

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I certainly agree with the thrust of the article. But let's not get carried away. There is a continuum. There is indisputably some noticeable difference between very well-made instruments and those that are very poorly-made.

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 05:48:26 UTC | #904765

Go to: Religion gets away with what no political party could

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Oh, that is good!

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:06:59 UTC | #898259

Go to: Booting Dawkins from a Country Club: Why it Matters.

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Yikes, sandman!

I think the modest point (that if a wealthy, Caucasian gentleman with authority and clout in the world can be treated that way, then so much the worse for regular folks) could've been made much more succinctly, and perhaps therefore more powerfully. But your comment is at least as ridiculous as you think the OP is. If you don't like it when the ideas or actions of individuals are imputed to a group (for instance, saying Americans are great because Jefferson and Adams knew what they were doing), then why have you done precisely that? There are many rational people living in America. Don't tar me with that idiot-brush you're frantically waving.

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:36:00 UTC | #886883

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