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Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor dark of night shall keep the
postman from his [sic]appointed rounds.

Nancy

On 8 Apr 2003, at 11:55, Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Nancy Gish wrote:
> >
> > M
> > I am interested in Davies' complaint because I do not think "nor" is
> > exclusive to two.  We use "or" in multiple situations; why must "nor" be
> > only in comparison?
> >
>
> I'll have to see if I can find the exact text. My guess is that Davies
> would have objected to "or" as well as "nor." But it's impossible. I
> believe in older English you do often get "nor x nor y" or "or x or y"
> and only later is "either" or "neither" used to start the series. So the
> "rule" may be an artificial one. But  I'm no linguist, & my knowledge of
> the history of the language is in bits & pieces.
>
> Carrol