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Posted: 01 October 2011 04:27 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I don’t often see a humor columnist of a major newspaper discuss how his atheism affects his approach to death, but Gene Weingarten absolutely nailed it in the Washington Post! Great column, and I had to share. Stand-up Tragedy

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Posted: 01 October 2011 04:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thanks Dawn. Fits the RIP attitude.  wink

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Posted: 01 October 2011 04:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It’s a little funny, but he could have done better.

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Posted: 02 October 2011 12:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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This fellow’s attitude towards Rick Perry’s is mine as well.  Troglodyte indeed!  Heehee!!!

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Posted: 02 October 2011 02:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Gene’s article was ok, at least he made it to sixty and still going.
I like your blog, Chimp Trainer’s Daughter

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Posted: 02 October 2011 04:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thank you, Ohio.

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“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” - Audrey Hepburn
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Posted: 03 October 2011 09:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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May I point out, Dawn, the slightest of ambiguities in the phrase “Chimp Trainer’s Daughter”, in that the first word does not necessarily modify the second; if semantics are subordinated to syntax, the reverse could be the case, as in “Girl Skater’s Friend”. cheese

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Posted: 03 October 2011 12:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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While I’m as good a nitpicker as most, I have to disagree with you, Chris.  From your comment, it would appear that you are suggesting that either the sentence could mean that the trainer was a chimp or that the daughter was of the chimp.  However, I believe both semantics and syntax must be subordinate to context and meaning.  Since it’s both extremely unlikely that a chimp would be a trainer and that a chimp would be joining this forum, I believe Dawn’s statement remains quite clear.

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Posted: 03 October 2011 12:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Oh yes, you’re quite right. I was jocularly pointing out that, IF we ignore the semantics and apply only syntactical considerations, then we could interpret the phrase in the reverse fashion. The example I gave (Girl Skater’s Friend) shows how such a reverse case could actually make sense—given the right semantics.

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Posted: 03 October 2011 05:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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You guys are way beyond me! I am the “daughter of a chimp trainer”—and that phrase isn’t very catchy for a blog title, is it?  wink

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Posted: 03 October 2011 07:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Don’t worry about it, Dawn.  Some of us older fuds like to play word games by twisting odd meanings out of standard statements.  Your title is clear and interesting.  It’s also succinct which often allows purposeful misinterpretation.  As you pointed out, the other way doesn’t allow that, but it’s much less catchy.

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Posted: 04 October 2011 06:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Ok I will read it thanks

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Posted: 15 October 2011 10:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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For a bit of humor, see the photo essay, “Churches ad hoc: a divine comedy” at
http://www.efn.org/~hkrieger/church.htm

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