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For every writer who insists on putting in two spaces after a period, there is an editor sitting there deleting the extra spaces. One space, please!

mightyredpen June 3, 2008, 1:27pm

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Thanks, John & Subtle Knife.

I also had a feeling that it was a play on words, given the context of the article, as my initial instinct was that it should be perpetuate and not perpetrate.

But my confusion arose when, just for fun, I Googled the expressions "perpetrate a myth" and "perpetrate a hoax" and they are quite widely used. Is it people misunderstanding the definition of perpetrate -- "to commit" -- and applying it to myth as they would to crime, as in "perpetrate the crime"? Or just using the words interchangeably?

mightyredpen February 1, 2008, 5:17am

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I'd have to agree with Brandon on the issue of clarity. I am the oldest, but I sometimes refer to my two brothers as "my oldest brother" versus "my youngest brother" although they are both my younger brothers. However, I also find that people are confused by this and then think that my oldest brother is also my older brother.

mightyredpen January 31, 2008, 6:19am

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