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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Clipped participles

I've just returned from radio duty with "The Grumpy Old Men and the Sea", officially known as Marine Rescue.

It was a slow drive home as I was stuck behind one of those low-loaders pulling half a house up the mountain. It gave me lots of time to ponder about the "D"-less sign in front of me.

"Shouldn't it be 'OVERSIZED LOAD'?" I kept asking myself. "Is this a compromised spelling or a compromise spelling?"

Of course, it should be "oversized" but, like the captain of the H.M.S. Pinafore, these truckers never use the big, big "D."

I arrived at Nelligen, grammatically completely "D"-stabilised.