On Wed, 5 Mar 2003, Jason Derleth wrote: > In Shakespeare's time it was considered a sign of intelligence if you > could spell words in many different ways; syntax abuses are quite > common in artistic writing. They even have names...synecdoche is where > one uses a part of what you are speaking of to replace the whole. (An > example: "They sent my lover's tallness off to war.") Strictly > speaking, if one is trying to convey meaning, these abuses obfuscate > intent, yet they make the language more beautiful and the meaning > somehow gets across anyway. You have a special and interesting definition of 'abuse,' you do. paul e.