I realized subsequently that the exclamation mark was out of place and not desirable. I regret it. And I appreciate your pointing it out.
--- On Sat, 4/3/10, Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I'm afraid I've deleted the
> message I'm responding to; I thought I
> wasn't going to reply, but now I think I should. If I
> correctly, the message contained this (give or take a !):
> Good Friday!!
> Though one might toss off such a greeting or
> blessing with the best
> of intentions, one needn't be a scholar of the language to
> wonder why
> such a word modifies such a day if one knows why the day is
> observed as holy. I'm not Christian -- yet the greeting
> or blessing
> strikes me as either not knowing what the holy-day is or
> understanding the terrible mistake in tone -- nor do I take
> at insensitivities.
> The combination here of mistaking how "good"
> functions and of
> mistaking how large numbers of people, now and adding up
> over the
> course of close to two thousand years, have been moved by
> anniversary of that Friday -- regardless of one's private
> response --
> strikes me as relevant to how other public matters, such as
> poems, are
> responded to. And as unseemly to boot.