[TUHS] Festoon

Norman Wilson norman at nose.cs.utoronto.ca
Wed Feb 26 11:00:51 AEST 2003

Ron Hardin, who worked at Western Electric in Columbus (I think)
at the time, confirms that he is the author:

  Festoon was mine, chiefly written one Saturday with a tragically flawed
  copy of Lester's _Introductory Transformational Grammar of English_
  bought that morning on a $1 table at Woolworth on my knee.

  The tragic flaw was that there are severe lexical constraints on language,
  which is why there are so many made-up words in festoon, to avoid them.

  The introduction of awful phrases came in reaction to writer's workbench
  from Lorinda Cherry, which had a real mine of them; and phrases from my
  boss, S D Hester, who was a wretched writer.  People contributed on noticing

  It was greatly helped by troff (``The _pay_ people to write this crap?'' is
  a typical reaction.  Apparently it was not out of the question for Western

Norman Wilson
Toronto ON
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