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learn a new word every day?

by jonah jones / May 31, 2008 7:45 PM PDT

The 21-year-old Bolt announced he is a genuine force in track and field's blue ribband event by streaking home in a time of 9.72 seconds

don't people use spell checkers anymore?


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He shaved .02 second off the record.
by Paul C / May 31, 2008 10:12 PM PDT

What will he do with the time he's saved? Devil

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(NT) take one more breath
by James Denison / May 31, 2008 10:31 PM PDT
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For what?
by C1ay / May 31, 2008 11:50 PM PDT
don't people use spell checkers anymore?

There are no misspelled words in your quote that they would have caught anyhow...
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by critic411 / June 1, 2008 1:02 AM PDT
In reply to: For what?

The spell check on MS Word tagged it, but it came up when I did the "look up" for it.

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I know "riband" from reading
by drpruner / June 3, 2008 1:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Actually,

[English] English, but I don't know the double-b.

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by J. Vega / June 4, 2008 2:20 AM PDT

It's obsolete, Jonah. You can still run into it in books and articles from the mid-1800's. Torn to ribbands means torn into narrow strips.

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Yes but....
by C1ay / June 4, 2008 2:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Obsolete...

Since it is a valid word a spell checker wouldn't catch it but a good grammar checker should....

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I'm not Jonah! :-) (I do that all the time)
by drpruner / June 4, 2008 2:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Obsolete...

In any case, I just now entered all three words into Word 2003. Ribbon was OK, but both riband and ribband were flagged. So was sulphur (vs. sulfur). That's a perfectly legal, obsolete but understandable word which I use just to be different. Happy
And riband I've seen in Kipling, of just over a century ago; very little of his work needs footnoting. (Unlike Shakespeare)

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