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(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where...
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Daemon
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I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
srirr
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 1:26:45 AM

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When I was in schools, our science teacher used to tell us that a good student of science should always be asking "How" and "Why". These two questions can lead you to anything and everything.
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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 1:43:42 AM

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We were taught the above six as something all good writers especially journalist and reporters needed to ask proior to writing a story.

Shame the journalist and reporters of today weren't taught this or don't adhere to it.


peace out, >^,,^<
kitten
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 2:13:41 AM

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Daemon wrote:
I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)


The Elephant's Child--1902 <<<<< Please thank www.online_literature.com for the complete story.

The story reminds me of an Aesop fable. Please excuse all the ads on the sides of the story. d'oh!


Please thank www.poetryloverspage.com for the quote below, in context. >^,,^<


Rudyard Kipling



"I Keep Six Honest..."


I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views.
I know a person small-
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!

She sends'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes-
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!


From The Elephant's Child



Vickster
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 8:29:51 AM

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I like that poem... thanks for posting it Kitten
DarkMoon
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 9:38:36 AM

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Poem accompanies the tale of "The Elephant's Child", one of the great Just So Stories (1902), written By Rudyard Kipling for his daughter. In the poem Kipling memorializes so called The Five W's (and One H) concept.

Who is it about?
What happened (what's the story)?
Where did it take place?
When did it take place?
Why did it happen?
How did it happen?


Kitten, thanks for the text! Applause
MTC
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 10:38:23 AM
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A couple of points:

1.) Should "Whether" be added to the list?

2.) In terms of journalistic standards, is more required of a good news article than the five Ws and one H?
See discussion at http://inlandpress.org/articles/2001/01/19/best%20practices%20for%20newspapers/20010119-archive1.prt

iemmadi
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 5:27:12 PM

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Shouldn't 'whom' and 'while' also be added to the so called concept?

whom did it happen to?
while it happened, ...
jcbarros
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 5:43:20 PM

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A gang!
kitten
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 6:15:27 PM

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You are very welcome Vickster and Darkmoon, my pleasure.

I only have a week more to look up stuff and then it is early to bed for me as my work schedule has changed.Anxious

MTC,

Thank you for the article. With respects to the word 'whether' I would say no. But that is just me......because as soon as I read the word I thought of it with respects to a legal question. After looking it up it is not listed under 'legal' but some of the definations I think fall into that catagory.

These are the two that stick out to me:

4. (coordinating) Archaic used to introduce a direct question consisting of two alternatives, the second of which is introduced by or or or whether whether does he live at home or abroad

Obsolete which (of two): used in direct or indirect questions. <<<<< the above two are from TFD and there are more.


whether

O.E. hwæðer, hweðer "which of two, whether," from P.Gmc. *khwatharaz (cf. O.S. hwedar, O.N. hvarr, Goth. huaþar, O.H.G. hwedar "which of the two," Ger. weder "neither"), from interrogative base *khwa- "who" (see who) + comparative suffix *-theraz (cf. Skt. katarah, Avestan katara-, Gk. poteros, L. uter "which of the two, either of two," Lith. katras "which of the two," O.C.S. koteru "which"). Its comparative form is either. Phrase whether or not (also whether or no) recorded from 1650s. <<<<< www.etymology.com

Whether - <<<<< http://dictionaryreference.com


I don't see it as clarifying but that is just my opinion. The other six words would help clarify 'whether' something or not took place.Anxious


peace out, >^,,^<
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