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  •  Sort of OT, but painful to the eyes & ears (2+ / 0-)
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    feebog, FischFry

    FischFry, Please consider, I gave you a tip for informing us on this topic, but not a rec because you wrote......

    "The first vote was a unanimous decision to accept the election night machine tally for the one precinct where the actual ballots have gone missing."

    "Gone Missing" ???? - ARRUGGHHH.......

    As an English prof at Colgate U says, it's bastardized Media Speak.  

    The ballots did not GO to the Land of Missing! The ballots are not alive! Maybe they were knocked off a shelf, got put in the trash by mistake, were deliberately purloined by an election worker, were miscounted; and so on.  

    How about trying, '...the actual ballots are missing.'

    •  Ha Ha Ha (0+ / 0-)

      The grammar police strike again!!!!

    •  I'm not an English professor (1+ / 0-)
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      However, it seems to me that "gone missing" is a colloquialism -- it's not an exercise in anthropomorphic linguistic legerdemain, but I think it is an accepted way to indicate that they are both gone and missing.

      However, I'm happy to take direction....

      Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

      by FischFry on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 03:35:03 PM PST

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    •  NYT Editorial dated Nov. 2, 2008 (2+ / 0-)
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      vets74, FischFry
      entitled "Gone Missing."  As final arbiter of journalistic style, the Gray Lady speaks.

      Moreover, as early as 2004 noted grammatical snob William Safire discussed the idiomatic character of this syntactic construction -- again, in the NYT -- and concluding:

        But because gone missing has acquired the
        status of an idiom, which is ''an unassailable
        peculiarity,'' it is incorrect to correct it.
        As the fumblerule goes, ''idioms is idioms.''
        Relax and enjoy them.

      Rome is burning ... put down the fiddle.

      by ancblu on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 03:45:40 PM PST

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