"insofar as" = absolute "as far as"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 19 02:44:09 UTC 2008

Insofar as this quote is only a tee-nine-shee step away from
gibbberish, it seems somewhat strange, insofar as clear expression.


On Feb 18, 2008 6:30 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> A more learned version:
>   2002 K. Douglas Cook "Addendum to They Were Expendable" http://history.sandiego.edu/GEN/filmnotes/They_Were_Expendable2.html : Insofar as the mystery of the Army Nurse "Peggy" in William White's book, in 1981 while assigned for duty at the Presidio of San Francisco, I was contacted by a gentlemen who [etc.]...It became obvious to me Peggy was still angered and upset with how she was portrayed insofar as her relationship with the officers of MTB-3.
>   Note absence of (to me obligatory) "...is concerned" or "...goes."
>   At the time of writing, Dr. Cook was Chief, Public Affairs and Congessional Liaison, U.S. Army, Ft. Jackson, S.C.
>   JL
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