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Postby czarinakat » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:30 am

Finally a logical and intelligent explanation I can quote when someone says duck tape instead of duct tape. This would also apply to those who insist on saying ducked tape! Thank you so much, Dr. Goodword, and also thanks to Ms. Phule! (I think I know your cousin Knowbuddies.)
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Re: subduction

Postby gailr » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:41 pm

Welcome, czarinakat.
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Re: subduction

Postby Dr. Goodword » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:33 pm

Indeed, I too welcome you.
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Re: subduction

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:08 am

I have been reading the Good Words for years. I have never seen a posting by the Good Doctor that was so hilarious. Now that we have our fun, I suggest the real subduction stand up and become a Good Word. It is an interesting and important word.
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Re: subduction

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:14 am

And then the original subduction posting disappeared. Was gibt?
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Re: subduction

Postby bnjtokyo » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:10 am

I think it is still around, Mr. Hudson. In fact, it appears "subduction" is in a four-year rotation. It was previously the Good Word on April 1, 2005 and 2009, according to the Goodword Dictionary.
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Re: subduction

Postby MTC » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:17 am

First The Twilight Zone, now The Subduction Zone!
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Re: subduction

Postby Dr. Goodword » Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:53 am

I will try to write a new one next year. if Easter hadn't arrived on April Fool's Eve, I would have done it this year. I simply forgot in all the mayhem leading up to Easter.
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Re: subduction

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:12 pm

Have we done "mayhem" yet?
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Re: subduction

Postby bamaboy56 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:35 pm

Also, my "bienvenidos" a czarinakat. Look forward to seeing your posts. On another vein, I have heard many people say duck tape or ducked tape instead of duct tape. Here at our local Walmart, I have actually seen the item "Duck Tape" on the shelf (the wrapping actually has a clip art picture of a duck; looks a lot like a cross between Donald Duck and the little yellow ducky of bathtime fame). I try to enlighten others on the difference between "duct" and "ducked".
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Re: subduction

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:23 pm

We need instant disambiguation if someone yells "duck!"
Do we bow to avoid a missile or scan the sky for waterfowl?
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Re: subduction

Postby gailr » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:32 pm

The "Duck Tape" brand makes me smile, although comic misspellings are lost on those who lack the vocabulary or spelling skills to realize it's a joke.

Which reminds me: a young fire safety inspector made an unannounced visit to check the duct work for the furnaces and kilns back in my college days. Apparently he did not like what he found because he shut it down -- abruptly (creating an immediately dangerous situation) and posted a little note on the switch before leaving, still without notifying anyone...

His follow-up report referred to the unacceptable and insufficient "overhead ducks." Repeatedly. As in, nearly every sentence. It did not inspire confidence in his competency or judgement when he had, apparently, never read anything in his texts regarding ducts and never made the connection with the word on written exams.
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Re: subduction

Postby Slava » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:22 pm

Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.
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Re: subduction

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:28 pm

The article link above quotes a different version of what has become a cliche in this neck of the woods. If it doesn't move and it should, get WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn't, duct tape. I hear both duck and duct interchangeably, often by the same person. Saves a click by dropping the T.
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