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02:14 Nov 2, 2007
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English term or phrase: double-nought buckshot
"A [highway] sign punctuated with a double-nought buckshot told me that [the city of] Vlyvalle was 17 miles away."

I don't understand what it is, a weapon of some sort? Can it also be the symbol of the city? (Mind you, it's a fictional town.)

Many thanks for helping me out on this. :)
Bogdan Honciuc
Romania
Local time: 06:57
English translation:see explanation
Explanation:
For starters, "buckshot" or "pellets" as I believe they're also called, is/are what's fired from a shotgun. The "double nought" [American equivalent of "double zero"] I assume is a standard or size of buckshot.
The road [highway] sign was, I assume, punctured by somebody with an aim like mine...which couldn't hit the broad side of a barn door.:-)

Hope this helps:-)

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Note added at 24 mins (2007-11-02 02:39:41 GMT)
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"buckshot" and "pellets" are shotgun "ammunition"

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Note added at 25 mins (2007-11-02 02:40:48 GMT)
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I believe in this sense, "punctuated" means "dotted" or "holed"
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Terry Burgess
Mexico
Local time: 22:57
Grading comment
Many thanks again!
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Explanation:
For starters, "buckshot" or "pellets" as I believe they're also called, is/are what's fired from a shotgun. The "double nought" [American equivalent of "double zero"] I assume is a standard or size of buckshot.
The road [highway] sign was, I assume, punctured by somebody with an aim like mine...which couldn't hit the broad side of a barn door.:-)

Hope this helps:-)

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Note added at 24 mins (2007-11-02 02:39:41 GMT)
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"buckshot" and "pellets" are shotgun "ammunition"

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Note added at 25 mins (2007-11-02 02:40:48 GMT)
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I believe in this sense, "punctuated" means "dotted" or "holed"

Terry Burgess
Mexico
Local time: 22:57
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 12
Grading comment
Many thanks again!
Notes to answerer
Asker: Oh. I thought that "punctuated" had something to do with "punctuation," hehe. It all starts to make sense now. Thanks!


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Claire Chapman: Yeah, and they usually say double-ought. There is also single ought and triple ought buckshot. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-ought_buck
43 mins
  -> Thanks a lot, Claire:-)

agree  ARTES
45 mins
  -> Thanks, ARTES:-)

agree  Jack Doughty
5 hrs
  -> Thanks, Jack:-)

agree  Buck: we called it a double ought shotgun
7 hrs
  -> Thanks, Buck:-)

agree  NancyLynn: time for the municipality to change the sign, provided they have the tax base to do so ;-)
10 hrs
  -> Thanks, NancyLynn:-) Maybe the buckshot-riddled sign is part of the town's charm:-)

agree  Mark Nathan
18 hrs
  -> Thanks, Mark:-)
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