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October 19, 2017


Pat Kirshenbaum

Thanks for the smile to start my day. This week I received an email with the expression "bare with me." It's put all kinds of interesting (AKA inappropriate)images in my head! Even the best of editors miss things.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi Pat,

I LOVE that example! The writer needs some counseling from human resources--or maybe better proofreading skills?

Thanks for the smile in return.


Geraldine Roy

Thanks Lynn for sharing. I enjoy the Inspector Gamache series as well. I think I would have caught it. I come from France, but I live in Quebec and like to read Louise Penny's books in English.
"Timbre" is actually a French word (timbre de voix). There are quite a few French words in the English language (and vice versa).
I love your blog. It has definitely helped me improve my English.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi Geraldine,

Thanks for your comment! I wonder how far you are in the series. At the end of "The Beautiful Mystery," poor Beauvoir! I can't stand what's happened to him. But what a rich story.

I did not catch "timber" myself. If it hadn't been for the library patron who penciled in the correct version, I would not have relearned that lesson.


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