SPOILER for _Dragon_...what's up with Vlad, again?

Mon Feb 17 22:07:37 PST 2003

On Mon, Feb 17, 2003 at 10:09:23PM -0800, Steven Brust wrote:
> An artifact of the typewriter.  Words or phrases "struck out" with a slash 
> so they could still be read, the humor coming from the idea that the author 
> had first written something and then changed his mind, but you could see 
> his original thought.
> "You'll be at Westercon?  Great! I look forward to s/e/d/u/c/i/n/g/ meeting 
> you."

This artifact is used sporadically in the computer world, where
in some cases a redefining of keys occurrs such that the backspace
key does not backspace, but instead send a control-h, which when
viewed on a certain type of terminal as ^H.  

As an example, you could be completely full of shit^H^H^H^H yourself. [1]

It is, at times useful.  Nearly all of them as either sarcastic
or sardonic humor.


[1] An example only, not an expression of my opinion of Steven.
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