RE: once or twice...

Subject: RE: once or twice...
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 13:41:32 -0600

Robert Hodgins wrote:

> On Tue, 2007-16-10 at 12:31 -0400, Susan Hogarth wrote:
> > Has anyone come across the usage 2ce or 1ce as a form of the words
> > twice or once?
> It seems to be quite common. I just did a search in Google. I
> got 17500 hits. Many of the hits use 1ce and 2ce as you describe.

Hmm. I just searched for "1ce 2ce" (sans quotes) and got 23,000. But
only 5 of the first 20 are this usage (including, interestingly, Lauren
Tariel's reply on this thread). Most seem to be sizes/settings/codes in
a spec sheet or tech doc. The ones that are this usage don't inspire
confidence, either. Do you really want to use someone who says "WUD GO
BACK" as a language reference? :-)

In any case, 17,500 or 23,000 is not common, it's quite rare, and if
only a quarter of those are this usage,that's exceedingly rare. A search
on "once twice" (sans quotes) returns about 84,500,000. A search on
"once" alone returns 686,000,000.

Personally, I'm relieved that they're rare. I think "1ce" an
abomination. Not only is it confusing in many fonts, but it's also a
rather pointless piece of ugliness, saving just one lousy character.

Curmudgeons 'R Us

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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