Ah, well, to be honest I find myself to be pretty insufferable at this
point. I do occasionally lose my mind. I have been around for far too
long to engage in this sort of thing and seem to manage to find the
"ignore" key easily enough in most cases, but for some reason this one
got under my skin. C'est le vie.
(Responses rearranged for emphasis)
> Now, if only someone would enlighten you as to the proper uses of the
According to the Bedford Handbook for Writers, fourth edition, "When
related independent clauses appear in one sentence, they are ordinarily
linked with a comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, nore,
for, so, yet). . . . If the clauses are closely related and the relation
is clear without a conjunction, they may be linked with a semicolon
>> I know [my character] would be greatly improved if only I clicked on
a button; that would show the world what a wonderful
The sentence above contains two independent clauses: "I know [my
character] would be greatly improved if only I clicked on a button" and
"[clicking on the button] would show the world what a great person I am"
I.e., that would show the world how great the quality of his character
is. These two statments could have been joined by the coordinating
conjunction 'and', but because they have a clear relationship to one
another, the semicolon can be used instead.
It seems to me the author already has a working knowledge of semicolon
usage and should concentrate on clicking various buttons as a means to
Draftsman : Picasso. Both convey an idea. The latter
often conveyed more than the former. And you have
to admit that Picasso was quite a character : ) We'll
leave Dali (sorry, can't find the tilde) for another time.
Constructive criticism can be beneficial. Destructive
criticism usually isn't intended to be beneficial. One
is meant to encourage and one to discourage. I
think the first part of your original reply was intended
to benefit the original poster.
A good teacher presents information in a manner
the student is best apt to understand it. And
a little gentleness doesn't hurt either. Alan Watts
was/is a master at it. Richard Feynman was pretty
good at it too.
Try explaining to a Buhdist
why "born again Christian"
is something to brag about.
Many years ago, I thought as you do that grammar and language was very
important and of course it is. But in the years since, I have met and
worked with many people who have difficulties learning and using English.
However, I have never noticed that this in any way diminished their
character. In fact I would estimate that because of their lot in life,
their character was more robust than most. Perhaps this was because
they had experienced the hardness of life first hand.
For your edification, I have included the following. The final
quotation is instructive. Perhaps you had intended reputation instead?
Personally, I appreciate the original posting as it has the potential of
enlightening some readers and pertains to the topic of woodworking.
Regretfully, your response does not.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)"
Character Char"ac*ter, n. L., an instrument for marking,
character, Gr. ?, fr. ? to make sharp, to cut into furrows,
to engrave: cf. F. caract`ere.
1. A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol.
It were much to be wished that there were throughout
the world but one sort of character for each letter
to express it to the eye. --Holder.
2. Style of writing or printing; handwriting; the peculiar
form of letters used by a particular person or people; as,
an inscription in the Runic character.
You know the character to be your brother's? --Shak.
3. The peculiar quality, or the sum of qualities, by which a
person or a thing is distinguished from others; the stamp
impressed by nature, education, or habit; that which a
person or thing really is; nature; disposition.
The character or that dominion. --Milton.
Know well each Ancient's proper character; His
fable, subject, scope in every page; Religion,
Country, genius of his Age. --Pope.
A man of . . . thoroughly subservient character.
4. Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality;
as, he has a great deal of character.
5. Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the
life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from
6. Quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct
with respect to a certain office or duty; as, in the
miserable character of a slave; in his character as a
magistrate; her character as a daughter.
7. The estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or
thing; reputation; as, a man's character for truth and
veracity; to give one a bad character.
This subterraneous passage is much mended since
Seneca gave so bad a character of it. --Addison.
8. A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc.,
given to a servant. Colloq.
9. A unique or extraordinary individuality; a person
characterized by peculiar or notable traits; a person who
illustrates certain phases of character; as, Randolph was
a character; Caesar is a great historical character.
10. One of the persons of a drama or novel.
Note: ``It would be well if character and reputation were
used distinctively. In truth, character is what a
person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be.
Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of
others. Character is injured by temptations, and by
wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels.
Character endures throughout defamation in every form,
but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression;
reputation may last through numerous transgressions,
but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded,
accusation or aspersion.'' --Abbott.
Actually, I wsa there yesterday. I would say it was mediocre compare to
previous shows. Jet and Delta didn't show up. Not many tutorials
either. It seemed to be a big router bit fair. Nice demo by the guy
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