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A Shoe-in??!!

 
 
Roberta
 
Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 02:38 pm
I'm editing a book in which the author used "shoe-in" to suggest a sure winner. The same author also referred to a "door jam." Aaaaargh. Evil or Very Mad

Last week someone wrote that someone must "toe the line." Someone else jumped forward and said, "No. That's "tow the line." I leapt into the fray and said, "No, it's toe."

Sigh. These kinds of errors will not be caught in spell-check software. What's the solution?

Beets the hell out of me. Aye yam bee wildered.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 03:10 pm
Dosen't shoe-in suggest the winner might need the assistance of a well placed sabot?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 03:14 pm
Don't forget "step foot." As in, "I would never step foot in that house..." (Grrr...)
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 03:22 pm
You can't shoe-in step foot at Japanese sit-ins, I've heard.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 03:36 pm
Sounds like a word jamboree, Roberta. Be sure not to step in it..
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Equus
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 03:51 pm
Don't criticize others until you walk a mile in their shoos.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 04:23 pm
How do ya, like your toast, with door jam please....ha ha ha
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Equus
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 04:24 pm
I much prefer door marmalade, myself.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 04:26 pm
doornuts!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 04:31 pm
You're all becoming unhinged..
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 04:44 pm
but you can still grasp the doornob...
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 07:56 pm
And while we're on the subject...

A few years ago I proofread a book with the following. (If I was the proofreader, then someone edited it before I got to it!)

The police comprehended the criminal.
She spoke contemporaneously.
And, one of my all-time favorites--
They sang peons of praise.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 10:08 pm
Oh, my!

That's better than the police report in which the victim was ". . . severely beaten above the head and shoulders."
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 10:21 pm
a beating from which he died to death.
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Individual
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2004 11:23 pm
Peons of praise? Must hae taken a lot of work...
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2004 12:18 am
Don't those peonies get a lot of ants?
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Individual
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2004 01:22 am
I think we've stemmed off of the main subject.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2004 01:28 am
Ok, ok, they get shooflies.
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Individual
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2004 01:50 am
Didn't I tell you to stop bothering me?
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Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2004 09:58 am
I'm singing peons of praise for your wonderful responses. BTW, I'm not a fan of door jams if the door is made of metal. I prefer natural wood door jams myself. I guess that makes me a shoe-in for a fussiest a2ker award.
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