Subject: Re: less parentheses --> fewer parentheses
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/08/25
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Barry Margolin <>
| Yes, there was actual criticism.  Not of grammar, but of the poster's
| intelligence.  If anything, that's worse!

  That may be so, but you _actually_ posted an accusation that I had
  dished out spelling and grammar flames.  Do you remember this?

BTW, I suggest that Erik proofread his posts better.  I don't
ordinarily post spelling/grammar corrections, but I feel that
spelling/grammar correction posts are fair game -- if you dish it out,
you'd better be able to take it.

  You seem to be realizing that this was a lie, and I'm happy that you
  do so, but you should be both brave and honest enough to say it out
  loud and admit being a psychotic liar, Barry Margolin, because you
  can't even see what's actually there.

| As a result, I sometimes get the precise point that you're
| commenting on wrong; in this case, you weren't complaining about the
| person's grammar itself, just his unwillingness to accept criticism.

  No.  Even that is wrong.  I was critizing his use of the extremely
  invalid "argument": "if you aren't perfect in <my language>, don't
  criticize people writing in <your language>", where the person who
  wrote this was German and hence wanted to silence all criticism of
  those who didn't know German and English equally well.  How stupid!

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.