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 Post subject: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:09 pm 
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A person wants this intro put to the vote. Maybe I'm being too conservative <p> Take a step back to medieval times in this regal four-bedroom waterfront home named Camelot.


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 12:45 am 
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No. It's stupid on any continent, even for real estate copy, which I assume that is.


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 12:55 am 
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Your assumption is correct. A rare lapse from an excellent reporter.


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:54 am 
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Yeah, but did you go medieval on the reporter?


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:39 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by larepublica:
Yeah, but did you go medieval on the reporter?<hr></blockquote><p>I'm a copy editor, not a commando.


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 4:49 pm 
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[Monty Python's King Arthur]
On second though, let's not go to Camelot. 'Tis a silly place.
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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 10:29 pm 
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"Camelot!"<p>"Camelot!"<p>"Camelot!"<p>"It's only a model."<p>[ April 02, 2004: Message edited by: Oeditpus Rex ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 1:37 am 
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"Shh!"


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 11:03 pm 
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Great. If we ever meet at some copy editor confab, we'll be obliged to do some medieval cabaret.<p>"We're knights of the Round Table, we dance whene'er we're able..."


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 11:15 pm 
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I thought it was a particularly shitty real estate ad. I think the ad for my house read something like that.


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 11:49 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bumfketeer:
I thought it was a particularly shitty real estate ad.<hr></blockquote>Almost an oxymoron alert. Saved by "particularly."<p>Somewhere there's gotta be a list of translations for the BS in real estate ads. I'm reminded of an old MAD bit about translating classifieds. "HT Sdn." in a used-car ad translated to "Here's trouble for some dunce."


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 3:55 pm 
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"Buy now...and later, push the pram a lot!!!"


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 4:42 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Oeditpus Rex:
Great. If we ever meet at some copy editor confab, we'll be obliged to do some medieval cabaret.<p>"We're knights of the Round Table, we dance whene'er we're able..."<hr></blockquote><p>If we start building now, we can finish the Trojan Rabbit in time for the Testy conference in Great Falls.


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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Oeditpus Rex:
Almost an oxymoron alert. Saved by "particularly."<p><hr></blockquote><p>You mean a redundancy, don't you?


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 9:05 pm 
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Okay comrades. I'd like to point out the offender is one of our fans. I've written worse in my time but shall maintain a diplomatic silence lest it gets written up at Poynter.


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 Post subject: Re: Ok folks what do you think?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 11:34 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Paul Wiggins:
Your assumption is correct. A rare lapse from an excellent reporter.<hr></blockquote><p>At least "medieval" was spelled correctly. I've been subjected more than once to "midevil" (sometimes with a hyphen).


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