I continue to tweak the TextMunger.
Currently, it’s case-sensitive all the time, which means that ALL CAPS words and phrases do not mingle well with lower-case words and phrases. So, I thought, make it NOT case-sensitive, and ALL CAPS sentences will intermix!
Which, yes! They do!
The Law of Unintended (or Not Realized Ahead of Time) Consequences says that it will also lead to a loss of recognition of the start and end of sentences, which was helped by U&LC recognition. This being a dumb-as-statistical-sticks Markov-chaining.
Poetry is the stuff in books that doesn’t quite reach the margins. ~ Anonymous child’s essay.
This is just one of many online sources for the quote. I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed, as I had remembered the attribution being more….. adultish.
Nevertheless, a generally accurate and useful analysis.
Literal Minded sets us straight — it’s not pronounced the way you think:
The first thing one needs to know about metathesis is that it is pronounced meTAthesis, not MEtathesis. On at least one occasion I’ve seen the word in print while I wasn’t wearing my phonology hat, pronounced it the wrong way, and thought it referred to a thesis about theses. In fact, it refers to transpositions of sounds within a word. For example, I’ve heard several people talk about “agpar scores” for newborn babies, when they mean “Apgar scores.” Or for another example, check out Semantic Compositions‘s posting on cavalry vs. Calvary.
It would be fun to build a metathesis-processer for TextMunger.
On the difficulties of displaying poetry on the web, or in eReaders.
Charles Platt was suspicious of Nickled and Dimed, so he decided to work at WalMart.