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Posted: 23 May 2012 03:33 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Posted: 23 May 2012 04:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I believe Lincoln said you can’t be a little bit virgin or a little bit terrestrial.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 04:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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off-patent, adv. and adj. Often used with pharmaceuticals, this term referring to the expiry of patent restrictions appears in this year.

Did you mean to use expiry rather than expiration? OED says that this adjective is now “rare.” Last citation is mid-19th century.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 05:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Did you mean to use expiry rather than expiration? OED says that this adjective is now “rare.” Last citation is mid-19th century.

The OED is not worth consulting on this, since the letter E dates back to the late nineteenth century.  Expiry is perfectly standard American English (I don’t know about UK).

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Posted: 23 May 2012 09:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The “rare” label applies only to its use as a synonym for death, not for the expiration of a period, contract, etc. (And it’s a noun, not an adjective.)

[ Edited: 23 May 2012 10:02 AM by Dr. Techie ]
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Posted: 23 May 2012 12:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’d say expiry as used by Dave is perfectly standard British English too

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Posted: 23 May 2012 03:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Agree with ADB, I used to work at a journal subscriptions agent where the word was used every day in correspondence. I used to think that ‘expiration’ was an Americanism?

Just for fun, did ‘transpiry’ ever exist? Don’t sweat it though…

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Posted: 23 May 2012 03:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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The word ‘expiry’ is also as common as muck in Australia.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 05:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Inconsistent formatting: all the other headwords are bolded, but roach motel is italicized.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 05:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Because it is a brand name.

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Posted: 24 May 2012 03:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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That doesn’t mean it can’t be bolded, too.

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Posted: 24 May 2012 04:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Because I hit the wrong button.

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Posted: 24 May 2012 10:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Because I hit the wrong button

The Story of Mankind, shaved down to six words (spoken, of course, by Almighty God). Congratulations, Dave. That is truly masterful conciseness.

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Posted: 25 May 2012 01:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Because I hit the wrong button

I thought IT technical stuff went in the meta-discussion

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