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Re: What's with they hieroglyphics?

Posted by ESC on January 27, 2004

In Reply to: What's with they hieroglyphics? posted by Lotg on January 26, 2004

: : : @@It is all very well to blame traffic jams, the cost of petrol and the quick pace of modern life, but manners on the roads are becoming horrible. Everybody knows that the nicest men become monsters behind the wheel. It is all very well, again, to have a tiger in the tank, but to have one in the driver's seat is another matter altogether. You might tolerate the odd roadhog, the rude and inconsiderate driver, but nowadays the well mannered motorist is the exception to the rule. Perhaps the situation calls for agBe Kind to Other Drivershcampaign, otherwise it may get completely out of hand.
: : : (1.Could you explain the two gIt is all very wellh sentences?
: : : 2.And for the gYou might toleratec exception to the rule.h sentence, is the writer using subjunctive mood when saying gYou mightch?
: : : 3.And how to explain gthe well mannered motorist is the exception to the ruleh? What is the gruleh here?)
: : : @@Road politeness is not only good manners, but good sense too. It takes the most coolheaded and good tempered of drivers to resist the temptation to revenge when subjected to uncivilized behavior. On the other hand, a little politeness goes a long way towards relieving the tensions of motoring. A friendly nod or a wave of acknowledgment in response to an act of politeness helps to create an atmosphere of goodwill and tolerance so necessary in modern traffic conditions. But such acknowledgments of politeness are all too rare today. Many drivers nowadays donft even seem able to recognize politeness when they see it.
: : : (4.for the gOn the other handch sentence, which is the first ghandh?)
: : : @@However, misplaced politeness can also be dangerous. Typical examples are the driver who brakes violently to allow a car to emerge from a side street at some hazard to following traffic, when a few seconds later the road would be clear anyway; or the man who waves a child across a zebra crossing into the path of oncoming vehicles that may be unable to stop in time. The same goes for encouraging old ladies to cross the road wherever and whenever they care to. It always amazes me that the highways are not covered with the dead bodies of these grannies.
: : : (5.hallow a carc to following traffich, I think itfs wrong, which should be gto follow traffich.
: : : 6.hwhen a few seconds later the road would be clear anywayh, could you rephrase this sentence in plain English?)
: : : @@A veteran driver, whose manners are faultless, told me it would help if motorists learnt to filter correctly into traffic streams one at a time without causing the total blockages that give rise to bad temper. Unfortunately, modern motorists canft even learn to drive, let alone master the subtler aspects of roadsmanship. Years ago the experts warned us that the car ownership explosion would demand a lot more give and take from all road users. It is high time for all of us to take this message to heart.

: : : (A troublesome case, but still many thanks to you in advance!)

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: : It is all very well to blame traffic jams, the cost of petrol and the quick pace of modern life, but manners on the roads are becoming horrible. Everybody knows that the nicest men become monsters behind the wheel. It is all very well, again, to have a tiger in the tank, but to have one in the driver's seat is another matter altogether. You might tolerate the odd roadhog, the rude and inconsiderate driver, but nowadays the well mannered motorist is the exception to the rule. Perhaps the situation calls for a gBe Kind to Other Drivershcampaign, otherwise it may get completely out of hand.

: : (1.Could you explain the two gIt is all very wellh sentences?

: : Not sure if I can explain this one. gIt is all very wellh is a snippy sarcastic way of saying, gThatfs all very well (acceptable) for some people but not for me.h

: : 2.And for the gYou might toleratec exception to the rule.h sentence, is the writer using subjunctive mood when saying gYou mightch?

: : I donft know.

: : 3.And how to explain gthe well mannered motorist is the exception to the ruleh? What is the gruleh here?)

: : The gruleh or usual circumstance is that drivers are rude. The well-mannered motorist is an exception, an unusual case.

: : RULE (Merriam-Webster online) -- 2 a : a usually valid generalization : a generally prevailing quality, state, or mode. Fair weather was the rule yesterday -- N.Y. Times.

: : @@Road politeness is not only good manners, but good sense too. It takes the most coolheaded and good tempered of drivers to resist the temptation to revenge when subjected to uncivilized behavior. On the other hand, a little politeness goes a long way towards relieving the tensions of motoring. A friendly nod or a wave of acknowledgment in response to an act of politeness helps to create an atmosphere of goodwill and tolerance so necessary in modern traffic conditions. But such acknowledgments of politeness are all too rare today. Many drivers nowadays donft even seem able to recognize politeness when they see it.

: : (4.for the gOn the other handch sentence, which is the first ghandh?)

: : On one hand, you want to vent your anger by blowing your horn, etc. On the other hand, it is more to your advantage to be polite thus creating an "atmosphere of good will and tolerance."

: : @@However, misplaced politeness can also be dangerous. Typical examples are the driver who brakes violently to allow a car to emerge from a side street at some hazard to following traffic, when a few seconds later the road would be clear anyway; or the man who waves a child across a zebra crossing into the path of oncoming vehicles that may be unable to stop in time. The same goes for encouraging old ladies to cross the road wherever and whenever they care to. It always amazes me that the highways are not covered with the dead bodies of these grannies.

: : (5.hallow a carc to following traffich, I think itfs wrong, which should be gto follow traffich.

: : If you brake suddenly, the traffic behind you (following traffic) might slam into the back of your car.

: : 6.hwhen a few seconds later the road would be clear anywayh, could you rephrase this sentence in plain English?)

: : If there are only a few cars on the roadway, it is pointless to stop and let a vehicle on a side street onto the main road. The light traffic would have passed by quickly (in a few seconds) and the car on the side road would have been able to emerge then.

: : @@A veteran driver, whose manners are faultless, told me it would help if motorists learnt to filter correctly into traffic streams one at a time without causing the total blockages that give rise to bad temper. Unfortunately, modern motorists canft even learn to drive, let alone master the subtler aspects of roadsmanship. Years ago the experts warned us that the car ownership explosion would demand a lot more give and take from all road users. It is high time for all of us to take this message to heart.

: Is it just my system or this happening to everyone? I had some difficulty reading this item because there were symbols (eg. @@) displayed throughout, presumably in lieu of words or punctuation. Yet each response suggests that no-one else is having this problem. Can someone confirm or otherwise whether it's just me. Cos if it is, it looks like I need to adjust something. If not, does anyone know why it's happening?

It's not just you.