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Old 06-08-2007, 11:45 PM   #11
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Haven't noticed that here, Andy. I have noticed that newscasters all over often use the first, middle, and last names of criminal types, though:

John Wayne Gacy
Lee Harvey Oswald

I guess to avoid smearing all the nice Johhny Gacys and Lee Oswalds who live down the street from us.
I'm not 100% sure but I think those men actually used all three names. Maybe their moms were always mad at them. That is about the only time my daughter heard all three of her names!

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Old 06-09-2007, 09:21 AM   #12
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Mine too, Barbara!!!
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:56 PM   #13
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LOL If you hang out at our house long enough you may even hear an occasional, "JAMES MOSES LEONARD!!!"

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Old 06-09-2007, 03:05 PM   #14
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You know, Andy. It just goes to show you. It's always something!
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Old 06-09-2007, 03:14 PM   #15
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Andy, it would (I suspect) have something to do with the newscaster trying to remain "objective". If he is using possessives it would then seem like he had a more personal take on the news. In the news, you can never appear to be saying anything personal, you are just giving the facts. Just my thoughts though.
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:32 PM   #16
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Alix, that makes some sense, thanks.
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Old 06-10-2007, 01:24 PM   #17
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Glad I could help.
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Old 06-10-2007, 03:20 PM   #18
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I don't know if this applies but when I worked in the legal system it bugged me when news-casters and newspapers would say a defendant "pleaded innocent" to a charge. There is no such plea - it's either Guilty or Not Guilty. I then learned that they were wary of someone not hearing or missing the "not" part and themselves being open to some sort of lawsuit. I think they do these things to be overly clear.

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Old 06-10-2007, 05:07 PM   #19
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A phrase or term that bothers me is *gone (went) missing. I don't know if it first started popping up on crime scene tv shows or the news. i.e. So and so went mssing. I would rather they said, so and so IS missing. Gone or went implies they took a trip somewhere - maybe the market? Maybe, look under the bed or in the closet, & you'll find 'em. They may not have left.

*Not to be confused with the common grammatical error people make when they say 'I should have went,' when it should be 'I should have gone.' (It makes me flinch, haha.)

(My punctuation & spelling don't matter, btw )
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A phrase or term that bothers me is *gone (went) missing. I don't know if it first started popping up on crime scene tv shows or the news. i.e. So and so went mssing. I would rather they said, so and so IS missing. Gone or went implies they took a trip somewhere - maybe the market? Maybe, look under the bed or in the closet, & you'll find 'em. They may not have left.

*Not to be confused with the common grammatical error people make when they say 'I should have went,' when it should be 'I should have gone.' (It makes me flinch, haha.)

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Mish,that phrase drives me around the bend too. Everytime I hear it, I flinch.
Sure nice to know I'm not alone
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