On Mon, 17 Feb 2003, Mark A Mandel wrote: > > [Philip Hart] >#A participant in the above exchange, I don't think there was any weaponry >#involved > >To be sure; I was speaking metaphorically and in a style inspired by >Paarfi's. > ># - the first response seemed a bit rude, but in a later reply >#(which you've excised) the writer explained why he chose that manner. > >I eventually did see that, and I'm glad. I just don't like flamewars, >and I have seen some (too many) discussions devolve into them. I am glad >to see yet again how civil and decent the group on this list generally >is. > As the other participant in that exchange, I entirely agree. I am occasionally familiar; I have no wish to be by any means vulgar.  Except when it is appropriate, of course. ;-)  See, now that's a paraphrase, and yet it seems wrong to put it in quotes of any sort. Hmm.