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Tuesday, September 02, 2008



  • At 9:16 AM, Blogger Grandpa-Old Soldier said…

    ahh, how true it is

  • At 2:32 PM, Anonymous DWR said…


    I've seen better written first draft EPRs.

  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    Greetings Fellow Pedant! It bothered me too for a while. Then I had a drink or two and it didn't seem so important any more.

    I've never seen first draft EPRs as bad as this; we discouraged using ellipses when double hyphens would do.

  • At 5:49 PM, Anonymous DWR said…

    Yeah, ellipsis designate "faltering speech" or omission of text.

    A "double hyphens" is an "em dash"--page 192 in the 1992 Tongue and Quill--used to show a change in thought or to give emphasis to a phrase.

    I learned me a thang or two in that there AF.

    It always bothers me to see the misuse of the simple things like:

    Your for you're;
    There for their or they're.

    However, when reading online I always find it amusing when someone writes "Your an idiot"--that's irony.

    Take care...

  • At 6:05 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    So where'd you do your time? I did ESC/AFIC/AIA most of the time, but did 4 years of ATC/AETC to finely hone my pedantry.

  • At 8:45 PM, Blogger Nate said…

    @ DWR- 1992 T&Q? Good grief! I may still have one of those stashed someplace. You know its available online now, right?

  • At 10:50 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    Mine's 31 Aug 1994

  • At 11:41 AM, Anonymous DWR said…

    CB, in order:

    I was a lowly Jet Engine Mechanic and an ignorant country boy from eastern KY.

    My pedantry was developed by highlighting simple grammar errors made by the people who look down on us ignorant country boys.


    Nate, I have three hard copy versions of the T&Q on the bookshelf (92, 94, 97) and the latest electronic version from e-pubs--the 1992 version was the first one I grabbed.

    I didn't think the version made a difference since the definition of an "em dash" hadn't changed. Then again, I didn't put any thought into how using that version would be showing my age and decrepitude.

    Anyway... what were we discussing?

    [wanders off aimlessly muttering about newfangled thingamabobs and whatchamacallits.]

  • At 4:06 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    There are no lowly mechanics! My Dad turned a wrench for Uncle Sam for 20 years.

    I did Osan in 81-83, 86-87, 91-92, 95-96, and 2001. What a rut.


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