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A short essay? AlanE 15:31, 28 September 2008 (EDT)

Seems that way. HelpJazz 15:41, 28 September 2008 (EDT)
If you gentleman were to create some new articles, instead of serving up an endless diet of carp, carp, carp, it might help build up this encyclopaedia. Bugler 15:44, 28 September 2008 (EDT)
I didn't hear an answer mixed in with your insult. HelpJazz 15:49, 28 September 2008 (EDT)
I didn't hear a sensible question mixed in with your usual nonsense. Bugler 15:55, 28 September 2008 (EDT) [on edit] Ah, of course. I appreciate that you might have difficulty, but the word is C. A. R. P. It's a kind of fish, and it also means to grouse or complain, generally in an ineffective, whining fashion. Not at all what you might have thought. Bugler 15:57, 28 September 2008 (EDT)
What? You know what I'm thinking now? That's pretty cool. What am I thinking now?
As for the question you can't find, I'll quote you: "[Bugler], it's not difficult to find." HelpJazz 16:00, 28 September 2008 (EDT)
Most amusing, Jazzman. Hoist by my own petard, non? But, revenons a nos moutons. A short essay? I prefer to think of it as an illustrated or expanded definition. We aim our entries at homeschoolers, and as well as being family friendly, the articles need to be correctly pitched, and the use of an instructive sentence or two not only conveys the way in which a word or term is used, but can also convey a positive moral message at the same time. Two birds with one stone! Who could quibble? Bugler 16:05, 28 September 2008 (EDT)
Thank you for (finally) answering our query, and with only a minimum of smugness! We are making progress.
You say you "prefer to think of it as an... expanded definition"; is this a euphamism or simply a turn of phrase? If the former, then you agree this is an essay. Essays do not belong alongside normal articles; they belong with the other essays in the "essay" namespace. If the latter, you have not attributed your opinion ("If that makes Conservatives old-fashioned, so much the better"), and you have no citations for any of your claims. Encyclopedia entries (aimed at homeschoolers or not) must be "true and verifiable", not simply "conservative friendly for the sake of being conservative friendly". HelpJazz 16:24, 28 September 2008 (EDT) PS: Plus on top of all that there isn't actually a good and correct definition of the term.

Why not conver a moral message in educational material? At least ours will be positive and healthy, unlike the promotion of perversion and immorality that is barely disguised in the teaching materials of state/public schools. And expanded definition was not a euphemism; rather, words are much easier to learn and remember if learned in context. Bald definitions are of little use. Bugler 16:29, 28 September 2008 (EDT)