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#159874 05/25/06 05:52 PM
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... God knows there are enough hungry English majors out there who could be hired to proof read.




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Well, that's the problem, isn't it? They're hungry and want to be paid for their services. Whereas the publisher has to buy spell check software only once.

My favorite example of the folly of using spell checkers was the use in an otherwise well written book of "auger" when the author plainly meant "augur". I suppose he could have meant that the practice of predicting the future is boring....

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Izzat the hole reason?


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Unfortunately spell-check is not likely to balk at such as: "Ween wording to herd wee needs a vocation."


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Unfortunately spell-check is not likely to balk at such as: "Ween wording to herd wee needs a vocation."



...or the proverbial "the sons raise meat" instead of "the sun's rays meet," talking of the guy who willed his cattle ranch to his three boys, provided they re-named it "Focus"

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That was actually Isaac Asimov's choice as the best English language pun. And he was something of an expert on that subject.


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the messianic Robert Hartwell Fiske and his fellow travelers

sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
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sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?




Eu, nunca.

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You with that same gripe again? Must have hated Bob Dole speeches. The polar opposite of an example is a specific citing, like videlicet (viz. for Defoe fans) or id est.




I've read a few of Daniel Defoe's novels, but I wouldn't really call myself a Defoe fan. Nevertheless, I do use viz. quite often.


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Bingley's use of viz. here, although it is only a reference to his use, is the 37th(!) use in these forums over the last five(5) years. jheem used it most often (during his salad days) followed by yours truly, milum and Bingley. Defoe doesn't even rate a citation in OED2.

viz. [Abbrev. of VIDELICET. Cf. VIDZ
The z represents the ordinary med.L. symbol of contraction for et or -et. For the various forms in which the abbreviation occurs in med.L. manuscripts, see Chassant Dict. des Abréviations and Cappelli Dizionario di Abbreviature. In reading aloud usually rendered by ‘namely’.]

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