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May 9, 1966

A "Liddle" Aspersion

JAMA. 1966;196(6):599. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100190183048

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To the Editor:—  In reference to Dr. G. G. Liddle's Letter to the Editor (195:1157, 1966), I would like to proclaim:Who climbs the Grammar-Tree, distinctly knows Where Noun, and Verb, and Participle grows.Juvenal, SatiresTrue, "use" is a noun or a verb. But, as Juvenal points out, "use" also has a participial form, or verbal adjective, "using." In each of the examples cited, "using" is just that; however, in each case, the verbal adjective modifies an incorrect noun. The results did not use a scintillation camera, any more than did the dogs use a 20-gauge needle. Perhaps Dr. Liddle might agree with the dramatist Sheridan when he said, "An aspersion upon my parts of speech!"—but it is only a grammatical aspersion which, as anyone knows, is the very mildest kind.

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