A place to read interesting things about the English language?
A place to help others learn about the subtle nuances and pitfalls in
English grammar and syntax? Sometimes...
A place to nitpick and flame others? Yeah, sometimes...
But on Sunday the 13th of September, 1998,
"alt.usage.english" meant fellowship...
That's right. Companionship. Camaraderie. The comfort of meeting a
group of strangers who you already know. Who already accept you. Who, in
many ways (shapes and forms), are similar to you.
That's what "alt.usage.english" is about sometimes. And this page
On the whole, aue staff and management are not the most photogenic
group in the world. Furthermore, I am not exactly Ansel Adams in the
photography department. So don't expect to see any Pulitzer Prize material
The staff and management of aue express heartfelt gratitude and
admiration to the spouses (POSSLQs, etc) who braved seemingly endless
digressions into etymology and other trivial whatnot. Top marks to the
spouses (POSSLQs, etc)!!!
Here's a picture of me in front of a London pub somewhere
in the Royal Borough of Westminster. Were I a Brit, I would say "This is
my local". Note that I am wearing a totally official aue polo
This is John Davies. John conversation is knowledgeable,
composed, and eloquent. He sat next to me for most of the time and
purchased a round for the boink. Thanks and a tip of the hat,
Here is Brian Goggin, who jumped over from the Emerald
Isle to join in. Brian is sporting traditional British country attire, a
Barbour hat and coat. Although you can't see it, Brian claimed the blue
ribbon in the longest beard competition.
This is "respected regular" Albert Marshall. In addition
to preparing the aue mini-faq, Albert provides sparkling, often brilliant
conversation. However, be very alert when he starts talking about the
Here is Ian Johnson. Ian is a relative newcomer to aue,
and was thus assigned to prepare the agenda for this boink. He performed
this role with distinction, and the staff and management of aue are
grateful for Ian's help.
This is Peter Buchwald at the Italian restaurant. The
picture is crap, but Peter's sincerity, thorough research, and unswerving
accuracy make him a valuable aue resource. Note that Peter is wearing a
totally official aue tee shirt.
This is Graeme Thomas (also wearing a totally official aue
tee shirt). In addition to his ranking in the top 50 Scrabble players in
the world, Graeme is a walking encyclopedia and can easily blend hard fact
with a razor sharp wit.
This is Jim Nugent, who opted to wear a proper business
suit to the boink. Jim's conversation is very much on-line, well-informed,
articulate, and glitters with wit.
Given a fair wind, we expect to reconvene the London aue Symposium
Boink in April, 1999. Same place, same time. Reserve early for the best
On the other hand, there was some fumbling, rumbling, mumbling about a
"Christmas-do". Stay tuned.
Of course, if treasured colleagues from the States are planning to
visit, we can also mobilize the troops for an emergency
The Executive committee has designated a working group to update and
modernize the totally official aue logo if necessary. An itty-bitty-witty
one is shown here...
Don't look for any links, I still have real work to