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    In our Aug. 8 discussion of the phrase "out of pocket," we quoted various sources as saying that it properly means "out of funds," but that "Somehow over the past year or so, 'out of pocket' has become a new business catchphrase meaning 'unreachable, out of communication,' which is incorrect."
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Retired Journalism Prof, Purdue

Updated on June 10, 2010 at 10:14 AM

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Re: “Dexter Suggs resigns as Little Rock school superintendent

Boston University decided not to rescind Martin Luther King's doctoral dissertation when it was discovered that it was largely plagiarized. Too much adverse publicity against the university likely the reason. He could hardly have plagiarized his book written from a prison cell, so perhaps that work might well substitute for his ethical lapse. Then he received many honorary doctoral degrees including one from Yale. So perhaps those can justify calling him "doctor."

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Re: “Choleric about love in our time

I like the word daft, you iconoclast!

Posted by plute2 on 01/23/2015 at 8:53 AM

Re: “It had to be byss

Ept is opposite of inept, but rarely does one hear of a person as being ept.

Posted by plute2 on 03/13/2014 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Not there

On Pruitt Street in Paragould circa 1940 I'd hear Piggott referred to as Pickett. Also "He stumpted his toe," "fixed his chimley," and many other colloquial expressions.

Posted by plute2 on 09/05/2013 at 1:37 PM

Re: “If spurned, throw the gauntlet

Run the gauntlet is a usage that prompts me to cringe. Likewise the redundancy of Sierra Nevada mountains. Then there's the mispronunciation of Caribbean. How did Ca-RIB-be-an ever get started? A fellow from Trinidad once told me, yes, Car-i-BE-an is correct.

Posted by plute2 on 06/26/2013 at 11:07 AM

Re: “The threadbare gun debate

Second Amendment was written and adopted when the U.S. had no standing Army and adopters didn't seem to think one would be needed. So defense was to be left up to the states and the right of citizens to bear arms in a "well-regulated" militia. Arguments are made that the Amendment didn't mean that everyone had the right.

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Posted by plute2 on 07/25/2012 at 8:28 AM

Re: “It's getting down, right?

Yes, determining what is is seems to be an infinite problem.

Posted by plute2 on 07/04/2012 at 9:17 AM

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