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Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 27 16:14:08 UTC 2009

Just saw this in a NYT article:

"By the time the children go to bed, I am as drained as any mother who
has spent her day working, car pooling, building Lego castles and
shopping for the precisely correct soccer cleat."

(Quoted sentence is on the second page.)

I would have to change that to "precisely the correct soccer cleat".

A google search reveals more instances, but many of them are along the
lines of "The precisely detailed facade of Fat's New Islington
housing, Manchester.", which I don't find strange.

Randy Alexander
Jilin City, China
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