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From: "Connie Bradbury" <>
Subject: [APG] Pet Peeves
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 13:49:24 -0800
How many times do you see "cemetary?"
On the youth page of our local newspaper a student wrote an article about clichés. I think it is available online - search for Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, July 18, Youth Page, which is Section C, I think.
I would love to take a refresher course in Grammar and Punctuation. The college English courses here are not structured to do so--not even the Community College courses. They all assume that everyone who enrolls already has all that knowledge. I used to but I've forgotten a lot because I didn't use it after I retired.
Then, when working on my book project, I realized just how rusty I was. I used to be able to spell anything within reason, but could come reasonable close even with words beyond reason because I had learned phonics.
I also learned I tend to write in the passive voice, thanks to our wonderful editor. I learned to limit the use of commas, unlike what I had been taught in grammar school. (I think that was a matter of which manual of style being followed.)
Over a period of time I printed entries from the Family History Library Catalog that contained errors, mainly typos. While cleaning my office (which happens rarely) I found them and decided to send them to the FHL.
I was prompted to do so because of an entry cataloged incorrectly (that just tipped the scale).
I heard back about the cataloging error and was told it was not in error. I took it to the catalogers at the university and three looked at it and agreed it was in error, but what the hey!!!
I think the entire envelope was "filed" because I kept a list of the film numbers (for an easy search) and when the next update of the FHLC came out the typos were not corrected.
So, I gave up. But, that doesn't mean I don't stew a little each time I run into other typos in the FHLC.
I'm sorry you folks are so hot. I mowed my acre of lawn at noon and it wasn't 80 yet. We had a week of heavy rain. We are on a river and without a doubt it is up about 5-6 feet. There's quite a distance from where the lawn ends to where the river's edge usually is. Today the river's edge is at the bottom edge of the lawn.
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