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Q: Polite way of speaking

MohanProfessor: who are you? What's your name? Student : May I know who is asking? Is the student part i.e., "May I know who is asking?" polite enough? or if there is some other better way of putting it, please suggest.

 
 
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7:06 PM
@Randal'Thor It's at +4 / -3 now. It's a crazy theory as far as I can tell, but I have neither read Puskin (except The Stone Guest) nor Dumas.
@NapoleonWilson Not only the Emmerich film, unfortunately. J. Thomas Looney's book on his conspiracy theory was published exactly 100 years ago. (I won't be celebrating that.)
 
Looney or Loony? ;-)
 
@NapoleonWilson I know. But the name doesn't rhyme with loony, apparently. So you can throw that smirk into the bin :-P
 
Good thing we're communicating through a written medium then.
 
Actually, after those questions asking whether Shakespeare was hiding messages in his works or whether his parents belonged to the lower classes, I was worried that we might get new users that would defend those Shakespeare conspiracy theories. So it was important to write well-documented answers to those questions - to discourage "the loonies".
It's not that people aren't allowed to ask such questions - they are fully on topic here - but I didn't want Lit SE to become a new playground for Shakespeare conspiracy theorists.
 
7:23 PM
I don't see that as a huge danger. I understand if you're a little allergic to the topic, but a canonical question on a matter that seems not too uncommon a belief would makes sense, if only to firmly answer with "no".
 

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