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Jun 27, 2013 02:26 PM

"(thru Jun 26, 2013)" PLEASE!

I have never in my life written, nor would I ever write, the word "through" as "thru". Please don't adopt this as usual practice.

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      1. I guess "Xmas" is right out then.

          1. re: HillJ

            I followed that...but why thru I/o through? Roxlet suggested through.

            1. re: buttertart

              Save space on the subject line? Not sure.

          2. buttertart, it was suggested to keep the thread title shorter, as the Mods were concerned about making it any longer than they sometimes get, and no longer wanted to use the previous version of [OLD]. That's all.

            1. Really? Why?

              "Thru" although generally considered informal is becoming more and more accepted in proper writing.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                That doesn't mean I have to like it. You know the quotation about Champagne and ditchwater, I presume. ;-)

                1. re: buttertart

                  Well, I hear ya on that.

                  But consider the context. I mean, we're on a message board, where you see all sorts of things like "LOL" or "FWIW" or "OP" or whatever.

                  Given all of that, I think using "thru" in lieu of "through" is the least of our worries.

                  Extreme grammatical anality makes one an unpleasant mumpsimus.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I'm not an extremist, I just do not like thru. Or nite.

                    1. re: buttertart

                      I'm with you, and don't use "boro" rather than "borough", either. But CH is stubbornly anti-standards as far as grammar, spelling, punctuation, and profanity are concerned. All individual 'Hounds can do is follow long-standing rules and hope to lead by example. I do think that the generally high quality of the writing on this site contributes to the greater civility found here than on most
                      interactive sites.

                        1. re: greygarious

                          "But CH is stubbornly anti-standards as far as grammar, spelling, punctuation, and profanity are concerned."

                          Let's not lose sight (site?) of why we're here. If this were Arts & Letters Hound or Essay Hound or Literary Hound then I'd be in agreement.

                          But if we toss out the baby with the bath water (recommendations and finds that come to us with less than perfect grammar or spelling attached) then we are the losers.