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    Question 'as one does'

    Hello,

    this is from the Yahoo News story about the manhunt for the ex-policeman who is on the run.

    From Time:
    In June 2011 a county sheriff in North Dakota was trying to track down three men, possibly carrying guns, in connection with some missing cows. He had a lot of ground to cover, so—as one does—he called in a Predator drone from a local Air Force base. It not only spotted the men but could see that they were in fact unarmed. It was the first time a Predator had been involved in the arrest of U.S. citizens.

    What is the meaning of 'as one does' here?

    Thank you
    Last edited by Olympian; 12-Feb-2013 at 18:23. Reason: Formatting for better reading

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    Default Re: 'as one does'

    It means "as is the normal thing to do in these situations". It's used a little sarcastically here because it's probably not all that common for someone to be able to call on the services of a Predator drone from the Air Force when carrying out a hunt for cattle rustlers! Indeed, the piece goes on to say that it was the first time the drone had been used in this type of case.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: 'as one does'

    You could you as you do as an informal version, which would possibly make the sarcasm clearer.

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    Default Re: 'as one does'

    @emsr2d2, @tdol, thank you for the explanation. Sorry for the late response. Apart from not understanding the sarcasm, it was confusing for me to read that the drone was used for the first time in this type of case. So, if it was being used the first time, I thought, how can it be said - as one does.

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Apart from not understanding the sarcasm, it was confusing for me to read that the drone was used for the first time in this type of case. So, if it was being used the first time, I thought, how can it be said - as one does.
    I discussed this with the Queen, as one does, and she thought the same as you.


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    Default Re: 'as one does'

    @5jj, you are so funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    @5jj, you are so funny.
    I am afraid that quite a lot of people think I am funny - definition 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I am afraid that quite a lot of people think I am funny - definition 2.
    For the record, I meant it as definition 1 (someone who makes you laugh).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    For the record, I meant it as definition 1 (someone who makes you laugh).
    Oh, do leave off, Olympian! His head's big enough.

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    Default Re: 'as one does'

    One reason for megacephaly among hirsute sexagenarian pedagogues is the immense size of their brains.

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