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    Looking for another word

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by dalehileman, Feb 3, 2012.

    A term for the sort of comment appearing as footnote in each of Wort’s and Corky’s postings

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    Thus I’d like to say, “I don’t use a —— because I haven’t yet learned how to initiate it"

    Warning: Owing to the newness of its digital modernity there may be no such term
     
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    you seem to mean 'non sequitur'... that is, an extraneous/off the cuff comment/quip that doesn't relate to the subject at hand... and it's far from new or modern, a literary device that's been in use for centuries, if not millennia...
     
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    I have not the foggiest clue what you're asking. What is it you think they're doing that there should be a word for? They seem to be using footnotes to make some kind of aside, but owing to the written medium of this conversation there isn't really a name for it in speech, i.e. as a rhetorical device, because it cannot be replacated easily other than by using footnotes.
     
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    I think those are just "signatures" or, more colloquially, "siggies." They're the way people sign their posts.
     
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    Thank you Min most kindly, guess tht’s about as close as we can come

    Thank you Mamma but it doesn’t quite convey the idea since a siggy is often a sequitur

    Sorry about that Kal. Others don’t seem confused

    Using a siggy

    Again thanks Kal but you might clarify a bit
     
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    what does this mean?
     
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    it means that it's such a recently started technique, a specific word may not have been coined for it yet...
     
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    Warning: Owing to the newness of its digital modernity there may be no such term
    Because Internet is a relatively late development, Cac, there may yet be no word for the signature as used in forum postings (see Mamma’s post above, more succinct and with greater clarity)
     

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