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Addition or Subtraction?

January 20, 2023

Leonard Sweet, very recently —

A Yale undergraduate sent poet/classicist A. E. Housman a letter asking how he always managed to choose the right word.

Housman responded: “I do not choose the right word. I get rid of the wrong one.”

Sometimes subtraction is as important as addition or multiplication.

— And so here am I, who for several reasons have included this in my e-signature for quite some time…

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…wondering, is this Houseman quote at call to correction or a reminder of balance?

Looking foward as always to hearing from you, and thanks in advance!

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