[Ads-l] A newspaper "clear story"

Marc Sacks msacksg at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 3 17:26:10 EST 2017


When I saw the subject line before reading the email, I thought "Is that
supposed to be a window, or a church balcony?" I guess it's an eggcorn.

On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 4:17 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
> wrote:

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> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject:      Re: A newspaper "clear story"
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> The terms "clearstory" and "clear story" are present in an online copy
> of a letter from Sarah L. Burks, Preservation Planner to the Cambridge
> Historical Commission.
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> https://www.cambridgema.gov/~/media/Files/historicalcommission/pdf/
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> s/d1432_memo.pdf?la=3Den
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> [Begin excerpt]
> The southern half of the roof of Saint Patrick=E2=80=99s caught fire. The
> slate roof on the south side of the main gable collapsed, taking with
> it much of the third floor framing. A secondary shed roof and a post
> and truss framing system support the clearstory wall and the main
> roof. The fire filled the cavity above the second floor ceiling in
> this shed roofed area causing extensive structural damage.
> [End excerpt]
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> [Begin excerpt]
> A choir loft was located over the vestibule of the main entrance and
> an elliptical apse and two sacristies were at the opposite end. The
> center of the sanctuary was 40=E2=80=99 high and lit by large arched
> window=
> s
> at a clear story level.
> [End excerpt]
>
> Garson
>
> On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 2:36 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
> > Stained glass windows from a former church in Cambridge,  Mass., now to
> b=
> e torn down as the result of a fire, will be transferred to a housing
> compl=
> ex damaged by the same fire and needing new windows.  In the former
> church,=
>  quoting from the newspaper:
> >
> >
> > 'The center of the sanctuary was 40 feet high and lit by large arched
> win=
> dows at a clear story level,' according to the [Cambridge Historical
> Commis=
> sion's] description of the former church.
> >
> > Boston Globe, March 3, 2017, page B2, "A window on life after a fire,"
> co=
> l. 3.
> >
> > Also in the Globe online.  I don't know whether this error is the
> Globe's=
>  or the Cambridge Historical Commission's.
> >
> > Joel
> >
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