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Dear Pat,

Thanks for another brilliant posting.  Your "cowboy" dialect is correct,
acceptable, and functional among other cowboys or people who expect you to
sound like a cowboy.  In a cowboy setting,  a "network dialect" would call
attention to itself and thus diminish the power of the poetry or literature
that you were attempting to communicate. However, don't expect the networks
to hire cowboys to do the news anytime soon.  They might hire as a
broadcaster an occasional "Dizzy Dean" (anyone out there remember the fuss
kicked up by the English teachers when Dizzy talked about a player who
"slud" into third base?)  The way to become a Dizzy Dean is to become an
outstanding baseball player.  If you do, listeners will tolerate, even find
amusing, the way you talk.

On that note, I would like to invite you to attend the National Cowboy
Symposium in Lubbock next September.  Last year the event attracted more
than 10,000 for a week of poetry, entertainment, rodeo events competition,
chuck wagon cook-offs among 35 major ranches, and a Sunday morning
breakfast/worship that featured Ron Moore and his Cowdog Will.

Don Garnett