[Ads-l] "WWII Jets Fly Over Washington"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat May 9 18:54:18 UTC 2015


I would like to do that to all the reporters and editors who write 
"translator" for "interpreter," but my life would be over before I 
finished. And unfortunately, teaching them does not work as most of them 
simply do not care that translators and interpreters do different jobs.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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> David Barnhart <mailto:dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM>
> May 9, 2015 at 8:04 AM
>
> When does stupidity trump. Somebody ought to take these people when they
> are off-stage and slap them upside the head--or maybe just teach them a
> little history. [As a footnote, my father-in-law as a young (prop-)fighter
> pilot in the 8th Air Force did shoot down a Messerschmitt jet (Me262), 
> which
> was a jet, just before he was downed by German flak. He survived thanks to
> Czech resistance for 2 weeks behind enemy lines.]
>
> DKB
>
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> Jonathan Lighter
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> Poster: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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> I noticed something very similar a while back:
>
>
> JL to ADS Dec. 6, 2007:
>
> During the observation of the 60th anniversary of the [1940-41] Battle of
> Britain, Fox News reported that a flight of "World War II fighter 
> jets" was
> being featured. "Here come the fighter jets!" exclaimed Fox correspondent
> A.C. as a handful of piston-engined Spitfires escorted a four-engined
> Lancaster bomber across the sky. I chuckled to myself.
>
> Just now, however, Fox correspondent M. K. has referred twice to the
> resumption of Russian bomber flights right up to the borders of the U.S.
> and Britain as involving "fighter jets."
>
> So in popular usage, "fighter jet" seems to be shifting its meaning to
> "armed combat aircraft of any kind." This shift results from 
> ignorance, but
> it is a semantic shift nonetheless.
>
>
> JL
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> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the 
> truth."
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> Jonathan Lighter <mailto:wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> May 9, 2015 at 6:08 AM
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> Poster: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: "WWII Jets Fly Over Washington"
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>
> I noticed something very similar a while back:
>
>
> JL to ADS Dec. 6, 2007:
>
> During the observation of the 60th anniversary of the [1940-41] Battle of
> Britain, Fox News reported that a flight of "World War II fighter 
> jets" was
> being featured. "Here come the fighter jets!" exclaimed Fox correspondent
> A.C. as a handful of piston-engined Spitfires escorted a four-engined
> Lancaster bomber across the sky. I chuckled to myself.
>
> Just now, however, Fox correspondent M. K. has referred twice to the
> resumption of Russian bomber flights right up to the borders of the U.S.
> and Britain as involving "fighter jets."
>
> So in popular usage, "fighter jet" seems to be shifting its meaning to
> "armed combat aircraft of any kind." This shift results from ignorance,
> but it is a semantic shift nonetheless.
>
>
> JL
>
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>
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>

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