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Thread #59418   Message #1488313
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
19-May-05 - 01:52 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
True story:

I lived in Seattle in the mid-1970s and worked near the waterfront downtown. I rode the bus to within two blocks of my office building, and walked those two short blocks and crossed one big avenue. As I walked from the bus a woman several paces ahead of me was carrying a large tote over her right shoulder in such a way that with every step it was managing to hike her mid-thigh-length skirt higher in back, up her leg and up to her hip. All the world could see what was under her skirt, and as I hurried to catch up with her I watched the waiting traffic at the cross walk stare with wide-eyed interest at her display. I caught Tilde and simply said "your skirt is up to your waist!" and she hurridly moved the bag and fixed it, grateful for my intervention. The man in the car who was next to get a clear view was visibly angered that I mentioned Tilde's hip.

So, it depends on whose tilde it is that has slipped, as to whether it will get mentioned or not. But it seems good manners to say something. On the other hand, in grammar, if you know what they mean to say, and interrupting to point out a misplaced tilde is going to interrupt the conversation, then perhaps it is best left alone.

Since this was posted by a tech-savvy librarian who plays with html like it's his first language, catching him in goofed up html probably comes under the heading of "online sport."