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Topics of the day:

1. other...other than
2. other Xs than Y
3. Writing prescriptions (Was Re: (In)flammable; Re: Other X's Than Y) (3)
4. LAGS dialect data
5. And now for something really . . . (2)
6. P.S. on banshees
7. wailing was:Re: P.S. on banshees
8. St Louis Blues
9. Thole story
10. Writing prescriptions


Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 23:25:20 -0500
From: "Donald M. Lance"
Subject: Re: other...other than

>Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 23:21:44 -0500
>To: Andrea Vine
>From: "Donald M. Lance"
>Subject: Re: other...other than
>>I am slogging through email standards documents at the moment. Twice in the
>>same document (RFC 2046, for those of you who're interested) I have found the
>>construction "other blah-blahs than foobar ..." In both encounters, I
>>had a bit
>>of difficulty parsing the phrase, and so had to re-read it several times.
>>Finally I inserted an additional "other" to appease my linguistic
>>processor; the
>>actual phrases now read:
>> For other subtypes of "text" other than "text/plain", the semantics of the
>>charset parameter should be defined to be identical to those specified
>>here for
>>"text/plain", ...
>> Other media types other than subtypes of "text" might choose to employ the
>>charset parameter as defined here, but...
>>(Doesn't this make you want to run out and get yourself a whole mess o'
>>standards docs?) Anyway, I'm wondering if the original construction is
>>grammatically speaking; is "other than" a separable construction?
>>Certainly it
>>is difficult for me to parse. Personally I would have omitted the first
>>in both cases, but the standard was already finalized before I ever set
>>my eyes
>>on it (and they're rolling around with great abandon there!)
>>Andrea Vine
>>Software i18n consultant
>>Sun Internet Mail Server
>>avine[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]eng.sun.com
>>bite the wax tadpole
>If I understand your posting, your "other X's other than Y's" is your
>"correction." I say "other X's than Y's" and consider your construction
>to have an unnecessary redundancy.
>As I asked before: Geek grammar rules?
>By the way, we vets say you've misspelled fubar.
(I had intended the msg with single < > to go to ads-l, but Andrea has her
e-mail set up so that replies go to her rather than to ads-l.)