A Language Challenge. A Poser.

In my post A post Specially For Ursula, gaelikaa left this comment.

“You want to marry Ursula?”

It is written and read and not spoken and heard. So, I have got multiple problems with that simple question.

“The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib.”
~Robert Burchfield, lexicographer (1923-2004)

Let me explain my problem. The question could be answered differently for each of these following emphasis.

YOU want to marry Ursula?

You WANT to marry Ursula?

You want to MARRY Ursula?

You want to marry URSULA?

You see my problem? I am not able to compress it to adlib. I don’t know quite what gaelikaa had in mind when she asked the question.

gaelikaa, it seems to me that you have not been reading all the comments in my posts. Ursula and I have been betrothed to each other, on and off, that is, for some time now.

I am sure that Ursula is as keen as I am to know what alternative emphasis should be taken by me as your intent.

Perhaps we should let my regular readers who are familiar with the three personalities concerned to choose!

You can of course answer, but I will keep it pending for publication, till the others have had a crack at it. Fair enough?

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