_microfiche_: "count" oder nicht?

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 20 11:35:38 UTC 2014

What are sheets of microfiche? My only experience with microfiche had
them on rolls of tape.

OT: one of my first jobs was in a securities firm at the window where
physical securities would be received. The securities would be
microfiched. Once a year the microfiche machine would be rolled away
from the wall, revealing a pile of random certificates that had fallen
behind the machine since the last time it was moved.

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> On Jan 20, 2014, at 12:59 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Subject:      _microfiche_: "count" oder nicht?
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> "microfiches," from at least 1959
> "sheets of microfiche," from at least 1964
> IMO, "count" is indubitably "correct." OTOH, because I can't recall hearing
> anyone use "five sheets of microfiche" in place of "five microfiches" until
> the '90's, when I heard my
> young-enough-to-be-my-grandchildren-hence-of-no-authority assistants use
> it, it was surprising to discover it used as non-count in print years
> before any of those chirren were born.
> Youneverknow.
> The only thing that surprises me more than realizing how mistaken I often
> am is realizing how mistaken others often are. ;-)
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