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September 28th, 2004
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Microsoft Word Criticizes Homer

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From:gaal
Date:September 29th, 2004 07:24 am (UTC)
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How about "you can code a prototype in a week and not have people laugh at the results".

The problem is that many words that have only one dictionary syllable interpretation sometimes get syllables dropped so they fit the meter. This "sometimes" is not usefully formalizable (Hi, avva!).
From:gamahucheur
Date:September 29th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
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I was under the impression that MS coded prototypes in about a week, and had Zipf-Davis fawning over them; meanwhile, we can probably find someone to laugh at any code, no matter how well written.

But you seem to have confused the simplicity of the count with the ease of the counting.
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From:gaal
Date:September 29th, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
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we can probably find someone to laugh at any code, no matter how well written.


Yes well, that was obviously an informally stated way of saying the result will be pitiful, and that I don't think you need a very precise metric. The point is that meter is quite convention-based. You could, I suppose, compose a survey of critical satisfaction over a machine-generated scan, but I bet you'd run into practical problems perfoming it.

What, again, am I confusing?
From:gamahucheur
Date:September 29th, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC)
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The point is that meter is quite convention-based.
Not a point to labor, since the force of my initial cynical claim (that MS would insist upon simple syllable count) comes from the fact that the convention for Epic poetry is radically different from that which is now typically used in English poetry.
What, again, am I confusing?
Simple count with easy counting. The task of counting syllables would not be easy; the result would be simple, and inappropriate to Epic poetry.
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