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Donato Fasolini
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Posted on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 8:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I must ask a thing about the Openshaw letter and the grammatical mistakes.
I canít read well on the envelope of the letter (the image itís too small), so I ask you: the envelope shows grammatical mistakes? I think that a man who wrote mikerskope instead of microscope, kidny instead of kidney, he canít write correctly a word as pathological curator (if I see correctly)
Donato Fasolini
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MF
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Posted on Monday, February 07, 2005 - 2:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Donato,
The letters C and P are generally regarded as the funniest-sounding letters in all languages. The Openshaw author played with words like "mikerscope" and "scalpul" as a way of of flouting cultural constraints and mocking social norms. He was far from illiterate.
If I was playing games in Italian, I would probably put an S in front of the letter P for emphasis, as we do with words like 'spicchiare'. I don't know what else you could do in Italian or what you do in your dialect. Italian makes it tougher by being so phonetic.
The English language is much more suited to misusage by individualists. We have to look to America for the inspiration. RocK and Roll.
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Christopher T George
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Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Donato

The spelling mistakes are in the letter enclosed in the envelope and words such as "Pathological" are spelled absolutely correctly in the address on the front of the envelope, which makes Tom Wescott and I very suspicious that the writer was a gameplayer and a man of education, possibly Roslyn D'Onston.

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Chris George
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