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Topic: 8) Cut and paste (1 of 3), Read 90 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 11:13 AM

H. K. Browne, of Sussex, England, writes: "Is there -- or should there be -- a word for the act of snipping out parts of an e-mail and inserting them into one's reply to that same e-mail? (The 'replies interleaved' thing, in other words.)"

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Topic: 8) Cut and paste (2 of 3), Read 77 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Friday, December 18, 1998 09:51 AM

There are lots of nice old words that don't get much use anymore (the "The Deeper Meaning of Liff" idea, more or less, if anyone remembers that book from a decade or so ago). Maybe we should try to recycle them, where possible, rather than coining new ones all the time? To that end, how about "interdigitate" here?

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Topic: 8) Cut and paste (3 of 3), Read 74 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Julian Burnside (burnside@owendixon.com)
Date: Friday, December 18, 1998 09:28 PM

Why did we let to "inkle" slip into oblivion? Its relation "inkling" still flourishes in idiom. To "inkle" is to communicate in an undertone or whisper, to give a hint of something. A perfect word and a useful meaning - it ought to be revived.
Julian Burnside

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Topic: c&p (1 of 1), Read 39 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Vidark Bloom (vidarkblm@aol.com)
Date: Monday, December 21, 1998 12:36 AM

interdigitate?
inkle?

clever, but they'll never catch on in e-parlance, which tends toward the zippy rather than the precise.

what ever happened to "quoting"? It seems not only serviceable but accurate.


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