Friday, April 07, 2006

Quote of the Day

This sentence appears without warning as if it there were no sarcasm involved:
"By eschewing obfuscatory verbosity of locutional rendering, the circumscriptional appelations are excised."

Mann, W. and Thompson, S. (1988). Rhetorical structure theory: Towards a functional theory of text organization. Text, 8(3):243–281.

This paper, unfortunately, seems to only dip into humor with this one line, and then continues on in language that one could mistake for obfuscatory verbosity.


slowlane said...

At this point in the paper you are supposed to marvel at what kind of vocabulary they would use if they tried their definition of obfuscatory verbosity. (And be glad that you don't have to work in an office with them.)

serapio said...

I never had to share an office with them, but Thompson did teach my syntax and semantics classes at UCSB.

Erin said...

O, irony.