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But I can't help wondering why, a hundred years on, ... why not go all the way back to Dr. Johnson.

Yes, but 1926 isn't quite such a long time ago, and 1965 even less so.

And even a hundred years is a very short time: consider that I was born in 1943, and was taught by more than one 'Victorian'. James Joyce was born in 1882; Custer's Last Stand was within living memory when I, like many aue regulars, was a child.
Mike.
It's already been pointed out that a rising intonation isn't,of course, the only way to signal interrogation, and that 'I ... notinterrogative in form. I probably wouldn't have used the structure in a formal piece, but I don't think it's impossible.)

"Surely it's just another matter of taste and convention?" is a perfectly acceptable question, IMO. It can be a statement, too, though I think it's got better legs as a question.

That may sound inconsistent in view of my earlier stances in this (and other) threads, but it's not. The "I wonder" sentence is thread alert a horse of a different color.
I wasn't going to talk about this issue any more. Forget what I just said.
Maria Conlon
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And even a hundred years is a very short time: consider that Iwas born in 1943

I didn't know that, or did and forgot. The year 1943 was a good one for producing outstanding people, IMO.
Maria Conlon
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"Surely it's just another matter of taste and convention?" is a perfectly acceptable question, IMO. It can be a statement, ... horse of a different color. I wasn't going to talk about this issue any more. Forget what I just said.

I think it might be best, Maria, in order to avoid a visit from S.P.A.D.E.
Matti
There's always Amazon.com, which will search the titles and text ... to go through it, but maybe someone has more time.

I suspect no-one will volunteer, which is unfortunate, for it'd be a far more valuable bit of research than a ... it was intended for, yes, but not for that. One or two respected members frequently seem confused on that point.

The Google search that started this thread was a site-search..g
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I wasn't going to talk about this issue any more. Forget what I just said.

I don't think I heard anything, Maria. Something about coloured horses, maybe?

Mike.
I was born in the year WW2 started and in which "Gone With the Wind" was made. It was a good year for wars and movies.

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Robin Bignall
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England
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I was born in the year WW2 started and in which "Gone With the Wind" was made. It was a good year for wars and movies.

Most film buffs agree that it was the best year ever for movies, a "sui generis" year qualitatively different from those that surrounded it..

I've lately been working on a theory that some years are better for pop music than others...the year that got me started on this was 1971; have a look just at the twenty songs that reached number one that year:

MY SWEET LORD w George Harrison
KNOCK THREE TIMES w Dawn
ONE BAD APPLE w Osmonds
ME AND BOBBY McGEE w Janis Joplin
JUST MY IMAGINATION w Temptations
JOY TO THE WORLD w Three Dog Night
BROWN SUGAR w Rolling Stones
WANT ADS w Honey Cone
IT'S TOO LATE/I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE w Carole King
INDIAN RESERVATION w Raiders
YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND w James Taylor
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART w BeeGees
UNCLE ALBERT - ADMIRAL HALSEY w Paul & Linda McCartney GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL w Donny Osmond
MAGGIE MAY w Rod Stewart
GYPSYS, TRAMPS AND THIEVES w Cher
THEME FROM SHAFT w Isaac Hayes
FAMILY AFFAIR w Sly & The Family Stone
BRAND NEW KEY w Melanie
Something for everybody: bubblegum pop, ex-Beatles, soul, funk, Motown old and new, the best of the singer-songwriters, a couple of out-and-out classics, and even a little leftover folk stuff...(bubbling under but not reaching #1 until mid-January of the following year: "American Pie")...now compare the corresponding list for 1996:
ONE SWEET DAY w Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME w Celine Dion
ALWAYS BE MY BABY w Mariah Carey
THA CROSSROADS w Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
HOW DO U WANT IT - CALIFORNIA LOVE w 2 Pac Featuring K-Ci & Jojo YOU'RE MAKIN' ME HIGH - LET IT FLOW w Toni Braxton MACARENA w Los Del Rio
NO DIGGITY w Blackstreet Featuring Dr. Dre
UN-BREAK MY HEART w Toni Braxton
Keep in mind this (presumably) represents the best 1996 had to offer...is it any wonder I listen to Chinese pop music now?...
Before someone says its because the 1971 list was from my own early teens and I'm too old for the more recent one, I also identify 1909, 1925, 1931, 1942 and
1956 as "golden years", all of them years not in my own lifetime...1986, a yearI should have been too old to enjoy, also makes the list..r
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(1) I wonder why the Spanish dagger grows so thick on this hill, Enid? (Willa Cather in One of Ours ) (2) "I wonder why?" asked Dorothy. (L. Frank Baum in The Emerald City of Oz )

etc. etc.
Reading through the quotes, I can only reiterate what I said before - I would read and interpret many of these sentences quite differently without the question mark. The question mark indicates to me genuine curiosity, even inquisitiveness or in some cases suspicion, and in many cases expectation of a reply. A full-stop indicates a sort of passing thought or even deadpan sarcasm.
I'm not sure how else you'd make this distinction in writing.

Dylan
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