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Jim Healy

Message 32349 · 4 Nov 2002 15:17:30 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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Greetings!

Goss makes some good points:
Try finding, in an old index -
The Priest in (and) his Books (Boots) or
(Go to) Berwick (the Barracks) - with or without - Johnnie (Johnny).

And as for the Menzies' Manuscript, my personal favourite remains that the
title of "Monty" is unmistakably The Montgomerie's Rant, so the RSCDS
version is, let's just say, different.

Another difficulty in cases like (The) Machine without Horses is that the
previous edition of the Society's (official) Index did NOT include a
definite article. There are also several cases where the title over a dance
description includes (or not) an article but this is omitted (included) in
the title above the music. For the most recent edition of the index, a
decision was made to use whatever title is above the dance description but
consistency is not necessarily correctness. While here in Perth & Perthshire
Branch, we make every effort to give the dance titles as used in the full
dance descriptions, I would be the first to agree that communication is the
name of the game and, for example, the regular usage of "IPFTA" on
programmes does not appear to lead to people getting up in longwise sets :)

Jim Healy
Perth, Scotland

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