[LMB] bemused by bemused

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Fri Sep 4 16:25:34 BST 2015



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> On Sep 4, 2015, at 02:31, Lois McMaster Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Nonetheless, as I was contemplating sending a gunboat up the river of language to defend my outpost usage of "bemused", I am relieved to find I don't have to.  The trouble with some net grammarians is that they manage to make themselves sound so right and convincing (and offended), that I sometimes begin to doubt myself.  This is not helped by sometimes having been positively wrong myself (see: raddled, which does not mean diseased, but should.  I suppose I was conflating it with "riddled".)
> 
> Ta, L.

The thing is that you are the author and it's your world to describe as you please. If people are offended by your language, then let them not read - to their great loss. Imagine if Sam Clemens had let idiots like these bother him. The world would be a much poorer place.

Harvey


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