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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Jan 6, 2004

When posting to a forum, the text
Check if topic is 'Off-Topic', ie. more play than work
can be misunderstood:

Until today I thought it meant:
"Dear moderator, please verify that this is not Off-Topic."

Now I understand it means:
"Activate this checkbox, if.."

Maybe the completion Check this box if.. could help others who might also overlook the difference between "if" and "whether" 8)


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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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The quirks of English language Jan 6, 2004

Dear Harry_B,
This reminds me of P.G.Wodehouse. In one of his books, a police constable is assaulted when he is contemplating a duck pond. The poor fellow goes to the local Justice of Peace and complains:"Sir, I was assaulted by the duck pond". The JP asks him with irritation as to how a duck pond can assault him. The poor fellow goes on to explain in a sort of rigmarole that when he said "by the duck pond" he meant by the side of duck pond and goes on to explain that he is in the habit of thinking while spitting into the pond and so on. And the story continues.
Now, for the life of me I cannot understand as to why I am reminded of this story.
Regards,
N.Raghavan
Harry_B wrote:

When posting to a forum, the text
Check if topic is 'Off-Topic', ie. more play than work
can be misunderstood:

Until today I thought it meant:
"Dear moderator, please verify that this is not Off-Topic."

Now I understand it means:
"Activate this checkbox, if.."

Maybe the completion Check this box if.. could help others who might also overlook the difference between "if" and "whether" 8)


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Divorced From Reality... Nov 23, 2006

A woman walks into a lawyer's office seeking to divorce her husband.

The lawyer asks if she has grounds and she says, "Oh, yes. We have a nice front yard and a beautifully landscaped back yard too."

"No, no, that's not what I meant. Do you have a grudge?" "Oh, yes, and it's a big one. Two cars fit into it very easily."

The lawyer is starting to get frustrated and says, "Does your husband beat you up?" "He sure does," says the wife, "he gets up before I do everyday and fixes breakfast."

"Good Lord, why in the world do you want to divorce him?"

"I think we have a serious communication problem," she answers.


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