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Creative spelling

January 6, 2014 - Harry Eagar
OK, I've been an editor for half a century, and I take a small pride in doping out what people mean to write, even if they didn't come very close to the standard form. But the following threw me. Even though I knew the context, I had to read it three times to figure it out.

"One time I was looking for a socket toremove a spark plug on my weed eater we dug true the bends for five minuets are more ."

"true the bends" is "through the bins," but without the context I never would have figured that out.

The author identifies himself as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.


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