The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #22581   Message #3490396
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
14-Mar-13 - 03:52 PM
Thread Name: Help: Meaning of 'Chicken on a Raft'
Subject: RE: Help: Meaning of 'Chicken on a Raft'
MtheGM has been pedantic, in general, in this exchange. I can see how that might frustrate Tone, et al.

However, the *first* entry by MtheGM really *did* make sense. Because, Tone, you jumped in with such authority, and in a style that seemed somewhat oblivious to the tenor of the discussion, to say "Guys, THIS is it; 'nuff said." MtheGM was simply reining it back, in a way, policing the discussion (in the way a good pedant does) to make sure it all doesn't sound too positive...that we don't all too sound *too* sure of ourselves. This is a "check" that is absolutely needed in "folklore" discussions. (The ensuing back and forth banter was not needed though, IMO!)

The careful style has as its possible negative aspect a tendency to be overly pedantic. Yet. scholars, etc. *need* to be pedantic for their work to have rigor.
The 'simple', direct style can be too positive. Yet, casual presenters may *need* to sound positive to address a given audience well.

You guys have very different styles.