Re: Does a rhetorical question need a '?'

Subject: Re: Does a rhetorical question need a '?'
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 07:38:59 -0400

Susan W. Gallagher wrote:

Well, it usually is. It's short for:
What's next?
Who's next?
May I serve the next person in line?
What did you mean it to say?

Moving off topic here, but in my retail experience (in the brusque
Northeast), it is never a question. It is short for "Next customer! Pay
attention! Keep the line moving!" There is no rising pitch at the end,
which would signify a customer.


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