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 Post subject: h/t/t
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:08 pm 
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Can someone clue me into what h/t/t stands for? I get w/r/t but this other one stumps me.


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 Post subject: Re: h/t/t
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:09 am 
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Can you provide the full context?


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 Post subject: Re: h/t/t
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:48 am 
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DFW uses slashes "/" for certain common phrases. most common is w/ or w/o for "with" and "without". w/r/t for 'with regard to".
In Brief Interviews I see h/t/t and can't decipher what it stands to represent.


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 Post subject: Re: h/t/t
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:55 am 
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from BIWHM pop quiz 6(a) "on these visits to the incontinent old h/t/t/ prick's sickbed"


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 Post subject: Re: h/t/t
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:58 am 
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"....the old man's h/t/t condemnations......"


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 Post subject: Re: h/t/t
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:07 am 
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Head to toe? I dunno. I might have to reread that story to get a feel for the language DFW chose there.


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 Post subject: Re: h/t/t
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:28 pm 
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I forget the page but earlier in the text (either the same or an earlier paragraph) the speaker refers to his father-in-law's "holier-than-thou" attitude. That one threw me for a loop too until I dug backwards a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: h/t/t
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:40 pm 
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head to toe sounds good. funny I've read just about everything DFW wrote and have seen h/t/t only in that story. But it could be possible i missed it.
Thanks for the information


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 Post subject: Re: h/t/t
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:40 am 
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I've actually just got through this section in my current reading of Interviews, so if you want a specific reference here's one from the only full paragraph on page 115 (of the hardcover edition): ". . . the old man had been typically judgmental and holier-than-thou . . ." and, later in the same sentence, "ever since that rocky period and the old man's h/t/t condemnations X has felt somehow provisional and tangential . . ."


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