I've bitten off more than I can eschew

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Sat Jul 12 00:02:22 UTC 2008

Oh, wait.  You specifically said "...an audio snippet in vogue."

Does that mean you need the "correct" spelling this year?

Sam Clements

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rex W. Stocklin" <listcatcher at REXSTOCKLIN.COM>
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 19:40
Subject: I've bitten off more than I can eschew

> Help!
> My wife, a marketing researcher, is in a bit of a quandary. She is
> writing a summary report for a client, who is a stickler for
> grammatical correctness.
> She asked me to help take a load off of her plate, by trying to find
> out what the correct spelling of the term for an audio snippet in
> vogue. Is it:
> soundbyte
> soundbite
> sound bite
> or sound byte
> I've gleaned, I think, that it is an "I" not a "Y", which would make
> it an infinitely more clever turn of phrase, and, of course, allows
> for audio outside the cyber realm, n'est-ce pas? But...is it one one
> or two? For the life of me, I cannot source any references that cite
> this usage issue.
> I've asked a number of my so-called literate friends, whom I thought
> might have the right stuff, but all they managed to do was assail me
> with dozens of citations to Wikipedia. Gakk! I'd like JUSTTT a bit
> more authority than that dubious core dump.
> I figured, one of the Keepers of Words could enlighten me.
> And to this end, is there a list archive, where this topic might have
> been broached already? If so, is it searchable?
> Thanx for the bandwidth, pardon my frequency,
> Rex Stocklin,
> Fishers, IN
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