Talk:Grammarians' War

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Whittington and the Bosse[edit]

Antibossicon ... parodied Whittington's pseudonym of "Bossus", claiming that it was rather a reference to the "Bosse of Billingsgate" water tap, built in Billingsgate in London by Whittington's namesake, that Whittington had somehow fallen in love with.

Who was Whittington's namesake? Was Bossus supposed to have fallen in love with the namesake or with the water-tap? —Tamfang (talk) 17:16, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

  • The water tap. Hence the commas. Uncle G (talk) 03:02, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
    • I'd put the commas there either way, since the last clause does not restrict the meaning of 'namesake'. But as the namesake is obscure and seemingly irrelevant, I'd put him in parenthesis. —Tamfang (talk) 04:47, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
      • Is that because you don't appreciate the range of ways of punctuating parenthetical expressions? Dashes, round brackets, and commas [and even square brackets] can all be used for such things. Uncle G (talk) 13:35, 7 December 2010 (UTC)


Why the circumflex on rote? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:19, 22 August 2012 (UTC)