I guess therenisno room for hyperbole in literary discussion. Seems the last time I heard, the current form of being human is over a million years old, but I could be wrong. P. -----Original Message----- From: INGELBIEN RAPHAEL [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 10:19 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: OT: spelling From: Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask] > Spelling is one key thing that makes meaning possible. > =================================== > Does that mean there was no meaning for all those millions of > years of oral culture before spelling came along? But then, they weren't communicating through internet discussion lists, were they? Just being silly, RaphaŽl [log in to unmask] PS: I'm not sure about 'millions of years' of oral culture. Tens of thousands, yes, but millions?