Editor: Thank you for publishing my letter on the subject of the “Birthplace of Confederation” in last Saturday’s Guardian. I noted that you inserted the word “interruptus” after “coitus” and I don’t comprehend why you felt this was necessary or appropriate.
I am no authority on the subject, but as I understand it, the actors in the activity in question specifically intend that the activity should not result in any product.
In fact “interruptus” was explicitly what the Fathers of Confederation did not intend. In Charlottetown they began a process, the semination of an idea, which did in fact, as they intended, lead to the creation of a nation in a step by step process to the Quebec Conference and the enactment of the British North America Act 1967.
However, I couldn’t help thinking that in this context you might have made a mistake, perhaps a misnomer or, more accurately, a mythnomer.
After all, even Homer nodded.
M. Raymond Moore,