RE: Oh, no - not another learning experience!!

Subject: RE: Oh, no - not another learning experience!!
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Susan Hogarth" <hogarth -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 09:02:25 -0600

Susan Hogarth wrote:

> To which he somewhat patronizingly replied:
> > As for the "any other party" part, the difference is between the
> > non-capitalized "party" as in another political party, versus the
> > capitalized (and defined in the Bylaws) "Party" as being distinct
> > each other. It's not confusing at all if you follow the context
> correctly.
> Your verdict, Members of the Jury?

The "Party" is presumably defined as being a political party. Thus,
"Party" and "party" are not "distinct from each other" -- the former is
a subset of the latter. But that's somewhat beside the point in any

"Other" and "except" serve the same scope-narrowing purpose in this
sentence, and using both is redundant and unnecessary. OTOH, I don't
think it will confuse people, and I wouldn't spend much time worrying
about it. Consider giving in on that one and saving your energy for more
deserving issues. There are bound to be some. :-)


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


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