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From: "Dorothy Chance" <>
Subject: Re: You Know Who I Mean/Entrance Exams
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 05:35:37 -0600

Dear Gail: I am the unfortunate who mispelled Asceticism....sadly. I
appreciate your correction.

I do want to correct one misunderstanding. Educations appears to have been
a VERY HIGH priority among the SI, at least those who came south and were
among the covenanters. After all, if one's eternal life depends upon
reading and understanding the Scripture, then education becomes far more
than a luxury!!

I do think most of the SI prefer that education have some practical "hands
on" experiential aspects....But I must say that in my own fairly "pure" SI
heritage, lack of education was a worse thing than lack of cleanliness!

-----Original Message-----
From: Gail Brown <>
To: <>
Date: Thursday, February 12, 1998 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: You Know Who I Mean/Entrance Exams

>Good morning!
>While this message is not intended to be disrespectful to anyone, if
>you're not interested in the maintaining of the English language, please
>stop reading and delete now.
>Aren't some of you being a little tough on the teachers out here?! Here
>they are trying their best to educate kids so that they can better
>communicate and be understood in this wide world of ours; and when
>someone speaks up for clarity of speech, the flames are thrown. I
>understand that English may not be someone's first language, but it
>really doesn't take much time to look up a word in the dictionary.
>Besides, there's a big difference between misuse of the language because
>of ignorance and misuse because of orneriness!
>Last night I wrote Lucy a private note of support - just as I had
>received a few notes of support for my last week's correction of the
>spelling of "asceticism". I thought it was time to offer public support
>for the concept of clarity of speech. It just makes communication a
>little easier! When we have a common language, we better understand
>each other, and that's certainly a help when we have listmembers from
>all over the world. (No special reason it has to be English, but it
>just seems to work out that way.)
>Most of the time I feel like an outsider on this list because my SIs
>were part of that small minority who went to New England. I'm sure they
>share the same heritage with those who went to PA, VA, and the south,
>but my memories are far removed from most that have been shared here.
>(No tomato sandwiches, no kilts, no Guinness, no haggis, etc.) When My
>SI Robert CLARK came to Londonderry, NH in 1725, he could sign his
>name. His wife Letitia COCHRAN could not. By the mid to late 1800s,
>some of his gggrandchildren were in MI , and they were all (girls
>included) going to college, and most of this NH to MI line were - and
>are - educators. What I remember most about childhood, besides the
>tales of my Norwegian grandfather, was the emphasis on correct
>pronunciation, spelling, and reading good books. And this from a mostly
>SI and Scot grandmother who could best be described (in polite company)
>as stubborn!
>I think she started Tough Love!
>E-mail writing is certainly a lot more casual than the formal business
>style required in the work place, and a lot of leeway is expected and
>encouraged. However, it's far more rude to flame someone for commenting
>on the misuse of the English language, than it is for the comment to
>have been made in the first place.
>Even so, I do enjoy most of the posts and delete the others (just as you
>are free to do with this one!) And do you really think a member of this
>list would seriously suggest an "Entrance Exam"? We'd all flunk! I'll
>stay on the list for good or ill, at least until the cows come home. (I
>was raised on a dairy.)
>It's still a great day in Texas, and I hope it is where you are, too.
>Grace and Peace,

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