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Thread #59418   Message #1659354
Posted By: Amos
01-Feb-06 - 02:53 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
The alteration of Shakespeare, dear Sir, was yours, and with that tiny alteration, you unleashed a plethora of error in meaning.

Observe that in the Bard's orignal context, the line spoken is:

If 'tis true 'tis a pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true.

Which you revised in your transcription to the much less grammatical:

If 'tis true 'tis a pity, and the pity 'tis 'tis true. .

My correction of which stands firm.

The original line would be construed to read, if expanded, "...and pity it is it is true" (the 'that' being implicit between first "is" and second "it".)

But not your version, which cannot be so construed because you added the definite article "the" before the noun "pity".

One can only conclude, having been through this brief but precise analysis, that you should be advised in proportion to your small but powerful slip, "neener, neener, neener", as befits the circumstances.

I remain, Sir, your humble and obednt Srvnt,