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Thread: A Gentle Correction - Obturate

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    Quote Originally Posted by oso View Post
    mdi, could you clarify your statement for me. Are you saying you feel yourself an "uneducated slob" because you read a post from someone who values accuracy and precision?
    There's a form of writing/speech called sarcasm...http://literarydevices.net/sarcasm/
    I just dislike unnecessary, petty complaints about English usage on a reloading/casting forum. Clear enough?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdi View Post
    Thanks for that Outpost75. Every forum needs an English teacher/grammar specialist to keep us uneducated slobs on our toes...
    I was an engineer, not an English major, or even a minor. My mentors were old school who sought perfection, but were astute enough to recognize and reward mere excellence. Well written technical reports accomplished with accuracy, brevity and clarity are the product of thoughtful mentoring as well as education. Unfortunately, this practice is less common today than it was when we learned through hands-on experience rather than by watching YouTube...
    Last edited by Outpost75; 04-05-2016 at 04:47 PM.
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    what is the word for past tense? And can this be both a noun and a verb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outpost75 View Post
    I was an engineer, not an English major, or even a minor. My mentors were old school who sought perfection, but were astute enough to recognize and reward mere excellence. Well written technical reports accomplished with accuracy, brevity and clarity are the product of thoughtful mentoring as well as education. Unfortunately, this practice is less common today than it was when we learned through hands-on experience rather than by watching YouTube...
    I would agree that a technical report needed exacting, clear and correct wording and spelling, but this is a Cast Boolit forum, and as long as an idea is offered and understood, success! My post was not meant to be any more offensive than a "gentle correction"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdi View Post
    I would agree that a technical report needed exacting, clear and correct wording and spelling, but this is a Cast Boolit forum, and as long as an idea is offered and understood, success! My post was not meant to be any more offensive than a "gentle correction"...
    I agree completely, but when I find rifles with are obdurate with cast boolits, I sell them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkins45 View Post
    Really? Do you have a lot of experience with the Common Core standards?
    I have lot's of experience with teens that can't make change. Just saying.

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    Thank you all for a great read.

    A substitute teacher, with a theatrical background, once taught us that authors sometimes take ''license'' with the English language. That's all I needed to hear. In my mind I became an author at that moment in time and have taken license with the language and especially punctuation since. Fortunately English is the only language I was taught, so other languages are safe from me.

    My wife's aunt wrote rules for telephone operators and on our first meeting, and after some drinks, she impressed on a young me the need for great clarity....especially in our written language.

    Years later I worked for a KY utility and as part of my job I used to read contracts before they went to the bid process trying to spot anything that might be accidentally, or deliberately, misconstrued by the construction contractors who would actually do the work.

    I appreciated the ''gentle correction'' and hopefully the license I've taken with the language has allowed me to make a point. I love to read what you all write, but when the pointy sticks come out the read becomes much less enjoyable for me. When that happens I am forced to interpret what is written in ways that go well beyond license or grammatical errors.

    Sometimes the sharing attitude of discussion becomes the confrontational attitude of arguing. This thread not so much, but other threads I've read........way too much.

    When we post here I suggest we all try to consider the large and wide ranging audience who will read our words. Written with a sharing attitude even a dissenting opinion can lead to informative discussion rather than an argument where true meaning quickly becomes muddied.

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    another point....... one should read the entire post from post #1 all the way to the end before placing comments. I know, I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggerhappy243 View Post
    another point....... one should read the entire post from post #1 all the way to the end before placing comments. I know, I do.
    Good advice! I embarrassed myself a couple of times before I learned this lesson,
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    Quote Originally Posted by alamogunr View Post
    Good advice! I embarrassed myself a couple of times before I learned this lesson,
    I think I learned that one the hard way too!

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