Elementary, my dear Kriton...
danshane at bellsouth.net
Thu Feb 5 14:05:17 CET 2004
> > Sherlock Holmes is hardly obscure, at least not in English
> speaking lands.
> > He has appeared in more movies than any other fictional character
> > (Tarzan is second), and is very well known as the first
> novelized consulting detective.
> I assume that you forgot a smiley or two in the above
> paragraph! While I do not expect anyone to remember my
> mentioning that I am a Holmes fan in an earlier posting this
> summer, I hardly think that there is anyone in the western
> world who is not even marginally aware of who Sherlock Holmes is.
> (Recognizing distorted versions of his name, such as
> "Shamrock Bones", is a different matter, of course.)
AND I REPLY:
I don't use smileys or any other emoticons in my messages. But if I did, I would not have placed any in my last post. Since I missed the significance of the emoticon at the end of your original message about Holmes being an "obscure" character, I suppose others could have done the same. It's still hard getting used to what is common knowledge among this group of international friends. I completely failed to pick up on the sarcasm in your Holmes reference, smiley or no, so you'll have to excuse me for being a bit dull yesterday.
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