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Pin-point errors, please!

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 5:20 am
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It'd be a great favour if I was told where I went wrong wording this post.

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftw ... xReplies=2
Submitted by Sathyaish Chakravarthy (New Delhi - India)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 5:34 am
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Nothing much wrong with the post, Sathyaish. Some spacing problems, a couple or so prepositions are not quite kosher, a couple of punctuation marks misplaced and overall a good job. Your enthusiasm for the book comes through quite well.
Reply from Leif Thorvaldson (Eatonville - U.S.A.)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 5:49 am
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Thanks, Lief. It'd be nice to have some nitpicking done.
Reply from Sathyaish Chakravarthy (New Delhi - India)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 6:03 am
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I see I have spelt your name wrongly the last time, Leif.
Reply from Sathyaish Chakravarthy (New Delhi - India)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 6:17 am
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As a budding proofreader, I'm happy to nitpick:

1. for "an year" substitute "a year"
2. It's called (not Its) (short for "it is")
3. I expect you meant "rotund" and not "orotund", and I expect that's just a typo.
4. should be "understanding what OOPs are", not "is"
5. "the difference between compilation" etc. - the word "in" is superfluous there.
6. "or are going to get there sometime" - again the word "in" is superfluous.
7. "this book will make your Sunday", not "makes". (Out of curiosity though, why Sunday?)

But I must stress this is really nitpicking and generally your writing is very good. The guy who said you know how to turn a phrase was speaking the truth - take it as a compliment!
Reply from Meirav Micklem (Worthing - England)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 6:32 am
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Interestingly, another poster on the alt.usage.english Google forums gave me an almost identical list, but you have some additional tips you've pointed out that he didn't. There are a few differences. Are you by any chance Jerry, although I don't really think so. But I must thank you sincerely. You've been extremely helpful in guiding me. Very many thanks, Meriav. I can now see where I might have been off the mark.
Reply from Sathyaish Chakravarthy (New Delhi - India)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 6:46 am
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I realize I am turning it into a habit not getting the names right the first time, Meirav. I am sorry for the wrong spelling.
Reply from Sathyaish Chakravarthy (New Delhi - India)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 7:01 am
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Most people have fun and games getting my name right, Sathyaish, so don't worry about it. I'm glad to have been of help. And I can assure you I am not and have never been Jerry, though it is my husband's nickname. (But he hasn't discovered the internet yet, so it wasn't him.)

Happy writing!
Reply from Meirav Micklem (Worthing - England)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 7:15 am
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Oh! I couldn't have guessed about your gender, with my lack of knowledge on the etymology behind names. What a pleasant surprise indeed, Meirav.
Reply from Sathyaish Chakravarthy (New Delhi - India)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 7:29 am
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You would need some knowledge of Hebrew names to be able to guess! I'm an Israeli. My name comes from the Hebrew Bible - Meirav was one of King Saul's daughters.
Reply from Meirav Micklem (Worthing - England)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 7:44 am
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Yeah, Meirav, but he doesn't know how "prickly" you are! Has your husband determined this yet? *G*
Reply from Leif Thorvaldson (Eatonville - U.S.A.)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 7:58 am
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Sathyaish (smiling to himself)
Reply from Sathyaish Chakravarthy (New Delhi - India)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 8:13 am
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Leif, you will have noticed I have lost my prickly surname. *g* (Sathyaish: my surname before I got married was Hebrew for "thistle", hence Leif's joke.)

Anyway, God has been changing me a lot in recent years, so I am less prickly.
Reply from Meirav Micklem (Worthing - England)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 8:27 am
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If instead of becoming less prickly, you had recently become a bank robber, would that also be God's doing?

Reply from Erik Kowal ( - England)

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2001 8:41 am
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You can't "become" a bank robber. You're either born a bank robber or you're not. Trust me, I know bank robbers.
Reply from Zachary Walls (Dixon - U.S.A.)