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Joined: January 31, 2008
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January 31, 2008
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!
mighty red pen
June 3, 2008, 5:27pm
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?
mighty red pen
February 1, 2008, 10:17am
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.
Mighty Red Pen
January 31, 2008, 11:19am
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