Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 10:10:38 -0500

From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM

Subject: Re: RE FAQ?

I give up. What a FAQ?

A _FAQ_ (pronounced as one word /faek/), which stands for

"frequently asked questions," is a document that in general

introduces a subject and provides answers to questions that

are often asked about the subject. The FAQ for alt.usage.english,

for example, discusses specific reference books, has short essays

about common quesions of grammar and etymology, gives useful

references to English-related information on the Web, etc.

The purpose of a FAQ is not only to provide basic information,

but also to prevent common questions from recurring--every time

someone asks "what's the origin of 'the whole nine yards'?" or

"what's the third word ending in -gry," it clogs up everying

as people jump in to answer. If this material can be found in a

FAQ, it won't be asked openly. In theory.

Jesse Sheidlower