nine ferrets in a bottle

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Fri Sep 24 01:16:00 EDT 2004

On Thursday, September 23, 2004, at 09:45  PM, Paul Andinach wrote:

> On Thu, 23 Sep 2004, Otter Perry wrote:
>> On Thursday, September 23, 2004, at 07:59 AM, Paul Andinach wrote:
>>> Not unless what you mean by 'Greensleeves' is quite different from
>>> what I mean by 'Greensleeves'. (Or you go twice through the verse
>>> without going to the refrain, I suppose.)
>> Well, you start out with the part that goes to the words "Alas my
>> love you do me wrong".
> With you so far...
>> "But what these unobservant birds" goes to the part that goes
>> "Greensleeves was all my joy".  Etc.
> No it doesn't - that's precisely what I was complaining about.

You have to fudge it a little bit.

Make "but" a pickup, "what" goes with "green", "un" goes with "sleeves" 
- so instead of long-long, you have short long-short long.

did that make any sense at all. If we were all together, we could just 
sing it and show you what we mean.

ah well.


The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the 
suppression of ideas.
Carl Sagan

Ian W. Riddell
iwriddell at
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