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Re Before the Word Became Flesh, Letters, September

Thank you indeed for giving my letter lead-in prominence in September. The letters continue to be a delight for me. Perhaps this is because I find that what prompts my very occasional bits is usually a reaction to your readers' opinions, which often reflect an interesting polarity on core issues.

However, could I carp mildly at your changing my "lying" to "laying" at the opening of the second paragraph of my letter. My complaint is not about editing--that is of course your privilege--but rather that the change was wrong. My use of "lying" reflected the nature of the subject matter as being totally supine, docile, and without intent or energy--surely the very nature of intransitiveness. In my defence I offer the support of the Oxford Language Toolkit, soft cover, page 185; The Globe and Mail Style Book, page 183; and, not least The Canadian Secretary's Handbook, page 53. I also consulted Eats, Shoots and Leaves, but the author seems preoccupied with punctuation.

MICHAEL MOORHOUSE, VIA EMAIL

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Title Annotation:FRONT: Letters
Author:Moorhouse, Michael
Publication:Presbyterian Record
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 1, 2009
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