From: Marco Cimarosti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Nov 08 2002 - 06:40:22 EST
Michael Everson wrote:
> John was pulling your leg. Sorry I responded to the matter.
John Hudson wrote:
> I was indeed pulling his leg, but I also knew that he would
> actually go off and do it.
William Overington wrote:
> Well, you claim that now! At the time it appeared as a
> genuine suggestion.
> Reading the suggestion again now in the light of that claim
> produces no indication that that was the case at the time.
This kind of communication problems could be resolved scientifically by
defining a Private Use Area character to signify "The following paragraph is
U+E666 SYMBOL FOR JUST PULLING YOUR LEG
Attached to the present electronic mail, which I am sending today to this
public mailing list and to the three persons listed in the Cc box above, all
interested persons will find a little work of art which I have produced, and
which shows the glyph which should be used by the fount industry for the
character which I have designed above.
I must add that this glyph has an internationalisation problem. The same
concept which the English express with the idiomatic phrase "to pull
someone's leg", in other languages is expressed by different allegories.
Italians, for instance, pull a different part of the body, which is located
at the top of the back side of the legs.
8 November 2002
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