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Re: A Modest Proposal

Post by Guillaume Mistwalker » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:30 am

Thank you, Sudane, for this "modest" proposal. I like the idea! Though, I also see Tan's point. Perhaps a plebiscite is an appropriate option, with the election coming up. I will add it to our agenda for this weekend's meeting and let you and Tan discuss the details and maths more.

Now, where's the part about eating famine-stricken Irish babies?
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Re: A Modest Proposal

Post by Sudane Erato » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:03 am

Guillaume Mistwalker wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:30 am
Now, where's the part about eating famine-stricken Irish babies?
hehe... I do hope those unaware of the reference are not offended :)


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Re: A Modest Proposal

Post by Tanoujin Milestone » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:57 am

We are not offended. we are curious and feel a bit silly and excluded ;)

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Re: A Modest Proposal

Post by Sylvia Tamalyn » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:09 am

Yeah, what Tan said! :lol:
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Re: A Modest Proposal

Post by Rosie Gray » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:35 pm

Can't say I know that reference either.... waiting to hear!
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Re: A Modest Proposal

Post by Coop » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:16 pm

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) wrote a satire piece in 1729 called 'A Modest Proposal'.

He also wrote Gulliver's Travels....

I must have been one of the few who didn't nod off during English Lit in school.
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Re: A Modest Proposal

Post by Sudane Erato » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:18 am

Coop wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:16 pm
Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) wrote a satire piece in 1729 called 'A Modest Proposal'.

He also wrote Gulliver's Travels....

I must have been one of the few who didn't nod off during English Lit in school.
To provide more details courtesy of Wikipedia....
"A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729. Swift suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as British policy toward the Irish in general.

In English writing, the phrase "a modest proposal" is now conventionally an allusion to this style of straight-faced satire."
Now, granted, my theft of this label for my proposal about increasing prims was not *this* modest... but I did try to express the fact that while the proposal was modest, it might engender furious reaction due to higher costs. Happily, that's not been the case (at least so far...).

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