A whole "nother" issue

Subject: A whole "nother" issue
From: "Rochelle McAndrews" <rmcandrews -at- csiu -dot- org>
To: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>, "Richard Mateosian" <xrmxrm -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:59:18 -0400

As far as changing the rules of English usage and poor usage being a
drag on the profession, please tell me:
Where can I find a definition for the word "nother"?!
As used in: "...a whole nother issue."
Why do so many people separate the "a" from the "nother"? This is a
special pet peeve of mine. I even heard a network newscaster say it a
few weeks ago.
Wouldn't more correct usage be: "another whole issue" or "a whole
separate issue"?
-----Original Message-----
From: Michael West [mailto:mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:06 AM
To: 'Richard Mateosian'
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Microsoft Manual of Style questions
All in all, I rather admire what the editors were trying to do; most
importantly, I think, was that they were saying, "Hey folks, just
it's computers doesn't mean we have to change the rules of English
Let's not throw Strunk and White out the window (or Windows) just yet."

I still think that's good advice. The fact that not all
tech writers followed the advice is a whole nother issue. In fact, most
tech writers I've observed over the past thirty years have not been
particularly well versed in traditional English usage, and that's been a
real drag on the profession. It's actually done financial harm to you
and me
-- no doubt about it.
Michael West

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