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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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You know, in many people's cases, they decide they want to pass most of their wealth on to their children, and that's a perfectly legitimate choice. In my case, I think it's better for society and better for my children if the vast bulk of the wealth that I'm lucky enough to be shepherding at this point, if that goes back to causes that are important, things like access to technology, education, medical research, social services and a variety of things.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/15/2018

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  11:43 PM

Friend Dennis spotted the following headline on the website of one of our local TV stations:



I can't really improve on Dennis's comment: "I guess it's better than shooting him with bullets."

It's a great example of the ambiguity that can arise in the term with, which can function either to mark a relative-type clause or to mean "by means of":
  • Officers who shot man [who has] dementia
  • Officers who shot man [by using] dementia (haha)
Back in my editing days (ha), we policed the use of with carefully. This would be an example of why we did that.

PS "SPD" is Seattle Police Department, in case that's not clear.

PPS The headline is cooked right into the article's URL, too.

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