Friday, May 09, 2008

Back to beige

No, beige it is. That's it, no more fiddling.

7 comments:

Dan said...

argh, i'm so indecisive...worse than gordon brown even

Ant said...

gordon brown - that would be a pretty good name for this theme, I reckon.

That last version was too texty: not enough space for your eyes to breathe.

Ant.

(fortifying myself with wine & whisky for driving theory test tomorrow am & a weekend of coursework misery)

Dessy said...

by the way sir, it's mustard, not beige, you just fit the stereotype i challenged in my coursework...
males are just unaware of the "proper" colour terms i suppose.

well... it's mustard on my computer.

Dan said...

i didn't know you could take the test if you were nearly ready to draw your pension. good luck!

Dan said...

Aah, a typically picky female...another stereotype.

At least you're offering a different interpretation by hedging and suggesting that it could be your computer.

Dessy said...

so that's what hedging is...
i thought a hedge is a particular word in an utterance, rather than a whole utterance.

what is a hedge? i know i should know this but i'm still very confused about all these ENA3 terms.

Dan said...

Well, it's any utterance that *functions* as a hedge - expressing apparent indecision, equivocation, willingness to shift position.

An example could be "Personally" which is an adverb perhaps hedging by suggesting that it's a personal point of view and therefore open to dispute/ correction; another might be "kind of" which suggests a lack of exactness.

Whether they *are* actually hedges depends very much on what is going on in a conversation and how you read what a person is saying. "Personally" could actually be a very decisive way of expressing a deeply held view.

Context, context, context...