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Gifted Hands

freak4life Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 1:17 AM
Please Dr. Sowell, you have such a brilliant mind, why would you mutilate the English language by writing,"he himself" and "she herself", I do not understand,it drives me nuts, please stop.
Larry Mr. T234 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:16 AM
When speaking, a person would us verbal cues or non-verbal gestures to give added meaning, such as "there is a point where a girl's mother gives guidance, which SHE missed while growing up." When writing the same concept, it is ok, in this context, to use "she herself" to add clarity.
Larry Mr. T234 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:16 AM
When speaking, a person would use verbal cues or non-verbal gestures to give added meaning, such as "there is a point where a girl's mother gives guidance, which SHE missed while growing up." When writing the same concept, it is ok, in this context, to use "she herself" to add clarity.
evie10 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 1:11 PM
Exactly - and thank you for the simple explanation to those so hard-nosed as to not be able to see point.
ranma2 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 1:21 AM
In a column you are allowed to write like you speak.
It is not an academic paper.

And yes, those kinds of grammatically-incorrect "emphasis" is widely used in literature.
TX Yankee Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 7:27 AM
Hey freak --- if that's your biggest complaint then get a life. I myself find it easy to distill what Dr. Sowell meant without nitpicking his words.
Jane346 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:40 AM
And what, exactly, is wrong with using the reflexive for emphasis?
Jane346 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:40 AM
And what, exactly, is wrong with using the reflexive for emphasis?
Jane346 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:41 AM
And what, exactly, is wrong with using the reflexive for emphasis?
evie10 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 1:10 PM
the thought police will get you for that.

A remarkable book titled Gifted Hands tells the personal story of Benjamin Carson, a black kid from the Detroit ghetto who went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon.

At one time young Ben Carson had the lowest grades in his middle school class, and was the butt of teasing by his white classmates. Worse yet, he himself believed that he was just not smart enough to do the work.

Fortunately for him, his mother, whose own education went no further than the third grade, insisted that he was smart. She cut off the television set and made him and his brother...