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A brief word in my own defence.

Post by martyn94 » Fri 13 Oct 2017 15:28

I fear that my style here is sometimes abrupt. I can only say in my defence that my typing is lousy, and I learnt to use the internet in a working environment (like lots of us) where you just had to shift the stuff if you ever wanted to go home.

I can also say that I do very often try to help people (more like once a day than once a month: it’s an advantage of this forum that you can see how often other members have actually said anything over the years, whether helpful or not, apart from telling me that I’m a bad person.) If I say other things to people than “2+2 equals 4â€￾, it’s not to demean them, but with the idea of making it easier, for them, next time they need info which they could very well get for themselves (and if I’m arriving at a foreign airport, in a new country, in lodgings located nowhere very much: I want the info as solid as I can get, and quite often quickly.).

God knows that I’m not exactly Liberace when using a Google search box, but you do get a bit better if you practice, but not if you don’t.

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Post by tia » Fri 13 Oct 2017 21:31

Hi. I actually enjoy reading the majority of your answers. Hope you will keep answering the threads ( maybe be careful.not to upset anyone 😉). Think you are probably one of the most active posters on here.

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Post by martyn94 » Fri 13 Oct 2017 21:54

tia wrote:Hi. I actually enjoy reading the majority of your answers.


That’s kind. But the odd thing is that many of our answers, and not just mine, are not things that any sane person could enjoy. Where’s the bus to X; how will taxe d’hab work next year? I hold my own skills in very high regard, as will be obvious. But if anyone else claimed to know the answer to questions like this, and I seriously cared about the answer, I’d immediately go and check. You can only hope that the initial response might give you some pointers.

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Post by Allan » Sat 14 Oct 2017 00:19

Like Tia, I too enjoy your posts, considerably more so than ones persistently whingeing about you.

As far as i’m concerned, you can be as snarky with me as you like.

What we all need to realise is that often when someone asks ‘Where do I get the bus to xxx?’ They really mean, ‘I am coming to a strange place and am nervous about it. I would like to feel there are other people there who speak the same language who have trodden the path before and might know a better way of getting there.’

By the way, thank you for clarifying the unpleasant americanism, as an occasional reader of adult literature, i was worried for the safety of American donkeys.

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Post by martyn94 » Sat 14 Oct 2017 13:16

Allan wrote:
By the way, thank you for clarifying the unpleasant americanism, as an occasional reader of adult literature, i was worried for the safety of American donkeys.
I think your concern was misplaced. That’s the problem with euphemisms: they drive out the primary meaning. I don’t think that a cultivated American (even an occasional reader of adult literature) would call an actual ass (one on four legs) an “assâ€￾. It’s like male chickens having to be “roostersâ€￾. The New International Version of the Christian Bible, among others current in the US, gives the Tenth Commandment as “you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife....nor his donkey...â€￾. In the AV, it’s “his assâ€￾.

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