service revolver == sidearm/service weapon

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 28 06:39:54 UTC 2010

On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 10:46 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
> It's the same kind of
> ... "_paraplegic_" being replaced by
> "quadriplegic" in situations where the latter term does not offer a
> correct description of the condition.

It goes without saying that no two people experience the same reality.
Nevertheless, FWIW, IME, _quadriplegic_ is close to extinct in casual
speech or writing and a - to me, absolutely *astounding* - number of
speakers of all kinds in all walks of life, both on TV and in the
wild, say "parap[@]legic," to the extent that plain "paraplegic" is
beginning to sound almost pedantic, to my ear.


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

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