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Re: [Geiser-users] Corrections for Geiser/doc/repl.texi

From: Mark Harig
Subject: Re: [Geiser-users] Corrections for Geiser/doc/repl.texi
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:57:56 -0500

> Aspects of the topic per-occurrence basis are discussed in the
> following places at Britannica.
> That is, they have a topic called "per-occurrence basis" (for some
> reason), and they hyphenated to compound modifier.

You had already convinced me, but now there's no possible discussion
Thanks for the pointer!

I had not entirely convinced myself.  My initial reading of the text
was that I was confused by what was meant by "a per REPL basis."
Because I didn't initially understand it, I wanted some clarification,
which the hyphenated term provided.  However, a lot of language is not
determined by written rules, but by "common usage," and there are many
instances of people writing "a per [item] basis" without a hyphen.
Then I prefer to go along with what professional writers use -- the
people who are paid primarily to communicate well, as opposed to
people who are simply trying to get something written, while they are
paid to do something else.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they
  -Johann Wolfgang van Goethe (1749-1832)

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