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  • Chris1Ronald

    Chris1Ronald Feb. 3, 2006, 5:25 p.m. (Message 44115)

    Re: Eccles Rant - No Answers?

    Mike Briggs wrote:
    
    If the  tune is called "Eccles' Rant," it must have been named for two or 
    more  people called Eccle.  If there were a person called Eccles and I  
    wanted to name a tune after her/him, I'd name it "Eccles's Rant."   (With 
    my name, I'm almost as aggressive about apostrophes as Lynne Truss  is).  :)
    Well, I don't have a name like yours, Mike, but I agree some of the  ways 
    apostrophes get used is really excruciating.  In this  instance, for what it's 
    worth, the author/editor of the 18th Century  Book (Jack McConachie) writes 
    "Eccles' Rant" for both the dance and the  tune.  But if the dance had been named 
    after the town, and if the  author had followed modern conventions about 
    apostrophes, how  would you spell it then?  
     
    By the way, I'd like to thank the people (on and off list) who have shared  
    with me their thoughts about the dance.  I haven't taught it yet, but I'll  let 
    you know when I have done. Martin - I realise first couple alone are active  
    for the first 16 bars; I'll just have to see how I can make the experience fun 
     for the other dancers even if they are only admiring from the sidelines. 
     
    Chris, New York.
     
          

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