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#30932 - 06/02/01 04:42 AM
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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#30933 - 06/02/01 08:43 AM Re: Anyone game for more butchery?
wwh Offline
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Dear Max: I think the word "gaming" suggests a range of tactics that is hard to match with a more conventional word such as "playing".


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#30934 - 06/02/01 02:17 PM Re: Anyone game for more butchery?
wordcrazy Offline
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Registered: 01/26/01
Posts: 275
I am so flabergasted all I can say also is AAAARGH!

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#30935 - 06/02/01 02:31 PM Re: Anyone game for more butchery?
wwh Offline
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Dear wordcrazy: Being "flabbergasted" suggests you could see a preferable alternative conventional word.
I challenge you to suggest one that conveys the desired meaning in a more acceptable way. wwh


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#30936 - 06/02/01 11:32 PM Re: Anyone game for more butchery?
tsuwm Offline
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always up for a challenge, I am.

They don't help matters by going and carving each other up on a personal basis every day," Mr. Davis said. "Kerns and Buyer are gaming this in an inappropriate fashion. Each one of them has come to me to try to get the other guy out. It ain't going to work that way."

we don't have the entire context, but it seems clear that Kerns and Buyer are each trying to *manipulate the outcome of the situation. thus we could eschew obfuscation by saying: "Burns and Keyer are maneuvering in an inapropriate fashion." gaming makes it sound (at best, benefit of doubt) like they're involved in some Think Tank which is tooled (:-) with Gaming Theory.

if I really felt the need to make a games analogy, I might go for "jockeying" or "finessing" or (taking a closer look at the context) "end-running".


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#30937 - 06/03/01 12:55 PM Re: Anyone game for more butchery?
nikeblack Offline
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Registered: 01/19/01
Posts: 87
Loc: City of Brotherly Love, no not...
I must humbly admit that I don't see using gaming as a verb in this sentence as butchery so much as I see this as a sentence once begun needing an end.

Speaking for the record, as it were, is devilishly difficult. The back of the mind is concerned about saying something out of turn, the sub-conscious is worried about looking and sounding like an idiot, and the mouth must move. Finally, the general rush media people are always in does not allow for reflection and artful choice of words on the part of the interview victim. I too have butchered my share of quotes and hoped the next day that my friends and family don't read the newspaper I was quoted in!


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#30938 - 06/03/01 08:32 PM Re: Anyone game for more butchery?
Avy Offline
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Registered: 06/23/00
Posts: 724
Thanks to all the time I have spent on AWAD I have begun to recognise Butchery. From the help menu of Dreamweaver:
"The Layers panel is a way to manager the layers in your document."



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#30939 - 06/03/01 09:04 PM Re: Anyone game for more butchery?
Rouspeteur Offline
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Registered: 03/10/01
Posts: 163
Perhaps the writer was aware of the word gamesmanship and was trying to evoke that sense. Whatever the motive, however, I don't like it.


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#30940 - 06/05/01 05:36 PM Re: Anyone game for more butchery?
Jazzoctopus Offline
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Registered: 07/03/00
Posts: 1094
Loc: Cincinnati & Loveland, Ohio, U...
"The Layers panel is a way to manager the layers in your document."

R is next to E on the qwerty keyboard. That could be a legitimate typo.


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#30941 - 06/05/01 06:45 PM Re: Anyone game for more butchery?
nikeblack Offline
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Registered: 01/19/01
Posts: 87
Loc: City of Brotherly Love, no not...
Here's a fine one I heard today -

From a letter of recommendation:

"We hardily recommend .... for an award."

Ack. Just goes to show, once again, that (IMHO) anyone who relies on spell checkers should have all his/her (!) toys taken away. (grump grump)


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