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Old August 4 2013, 11:13 PM   #16
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Re: OT: Grammar Cops Unite!

Sgt_G wrote: View Post
. . . The problem? This character's name was Dennis Masterson. I picked the name by randomly opening the phone book and randomly sticking my finger to the page. This guy refused to believe that, because of course he just knew that I had to know the history of that name. Everyone knows that "Masterson" was the name given to the illegitimate child born to a slave woman, being "the Master's son", and given that I had to know that, I must be intentionally perpetuating the stereotype. I was so disheartened by the whole mess that I stopped writing that story and three others I was working on at the time. The only thing I've written since was TIMELINES.
You should have told the guy to look up the history of the name Masterson. And that he was an idiot.
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