[Ads-l] intrusive "x"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 19 19:48:03 UTC 2015


I have to say, I don't see what the problem is. It is pretty common for
people to use the 'x' in lists of multiple items. It isn't "technical
jargon".

I agree it would be nicer to spell the numbers out, but this is news
reporting, where time is short. The writing may also reflect newer
technology -- were the details of the bombers sent in by text?
On Nov 19, 2015 12:47 PM, "Dave Hause" <dwhause at cablemo.net> wrote:

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> Newspaper attempt to convince people they know what they're talking about
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> including technical jargon.
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> Dave Hause, dwhause at cablemo.net
> Waynesville, MO
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> Subject: intrusive "x"
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> Explicable but unpronounceable:
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> "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."
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> If too many numbers were the problem, why not just spell 'em out? It ain't
> a newspaper ad.
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