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Re: Alamosaurus as biggest North American sauropod
Durnit. Caught me. I think I rushed the sentence, and my proofing on
it tried to catch the spelling instead of keeping the clauses
legible. Care to point out the rest of the "gobbledegook"?
Jaime A. Headden
You -- need -- an -- editor.
In every post of yours (at least over the last, say, 5 years) that isn't
trivially short, there are sentences or entire passages which you must
have written "in real time", at the speed at which you _think_ (not even
speak, but think). Some aren't even grammatical -- and that, sometimes,
in ways that I can't tell where the mistake lies, so I cannot understand
Very often you express yourself in ways that are three times as
convoluted as necessary. To pick a trivial, entirely understandable
example, your previous post had "was demonstrative of" where I'd have
written "showed" or "illustrated". Given the speed at which you
evidently write, however, these convolutions sometimes break off, topple
over, roll down the hill like a comic-book avalanche, and make sentences
or passages impossible to understand.
Usually, when this happens ( = when I have to give up trying to make
sense of what you wrote -- and I don't give up easily), I simply ignore
the sentences in question and think they can't have been that important,
or I end up ignoring the entire topic. That seems to be a widespread
reaction to your non-style of writing. Over the years, however, this has
made at least some people more and more dismissive of you or even angry
at you -- till Denver exploded.
Please take the time to read through your messages to find out if
someone unfamiliar with you can understand them in detail. If necessary,
rewrite them radically. I spent several times as much time editing this
e-mail as writing it.
I send this to the list instead of privately to underscore the size of
the problem and so I can get feedback from fourth parties.