[Ads-l] intrusive "x"

Dave Hause dwhause at CABLEMO.NET
Thu Nov 19 17:47:33 UTC 2015

Newspaper attempt to convince people they know what they're talking about by 
including technical jargon.

Dave Hause, dwhause at cablemo.net
Waynesville, MO
-----Original Message----- 
From: Jonathan Lighter
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 5:53 AM
Subject: intrusive "x"

Explicable but unpronounceable:

"During the first wave, 5 x Tu-160 Blackjack, 6 x Tu-95MS Bear and 14 x
Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers flew round trip missions from airbases in Russia."

If too many numbers were the problem, why not just spell 'em out? It ain't
a newspaper ad. 

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