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MartinlfJuly 5th, 2007, 7:16 pm
Palmyra PA

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PS--Should we mention that one of our favorite fishing spots is sometimes called the "Porn Hole?" Probably not. :)

An excellent example. I just didn't have time to comment when I first saw it.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
GONZOJuly 5th, 2007, 7:33 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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Geez, Louis, and here I thought that "occupatio" meant that all the chairs in the courtyard were taken! Thanks for putting a name to the rhetorical device. I'd tell Shawn that it was what I was using in a recent PM to him, but knowing Shawn, he probably already knew that.
Shawnny3July 5th, 2007, 11:09 pm
Pleasant Gap, PA

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Awesome word, Louis. I don't know that phrasing something facetiously in the negative is quite the same thing, though, Gonzo. In any case, the point was well taken.

I suppose this term could be applied to music as well? I play a little guitar, and sometimes when I'm soloing I try to lead my phrases to notes and then not play them - it's a cool effect. Actually, words like "phrasing" and "leading" overstate what I do - usually I'm just hacking my way through a progression and I'm the only one interested in listening. But it's fun. Now I've got a new word for it.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis

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