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    ?What is the name of a list stripped of 'The's and 'A's

    What is the name that suggests a list has had words such as 'The' or 'A', stripped from the beginning and added to the end of each record?

    for instance a list of films..
    A Christmas Story
    Amadeus
    Open Range
    The School of Rock
    The Station Agent

    would become
    Amadeus
    Christmas Story; A
    Open Range
    School of Rock; The
    Station Agent; The

    Then listing alphabetically avoids The's and A's complicating the listing.

    I've tried searching for the answer but search engines of course tend to strip the's and a's from searches.

    Thanks
    :)

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    Re: ?What is the name of a list stripped of 'The's and 'A's

    Quote Originally Posted by davidpbrown
    What is the name that suggests a list has had words such as 'The' or 'A', stripped from the beginning and added to the end of each record?

    for instance a list of films..
    A Christmas Story
    Amadeus
    Open Range
    The School of Rock
    The Station Agent

    would become
    Amadeus
    Christmas Story; A
    Open Range
    School of Rock; The
    Station Agent; The

    Then listing alphabetically avoids The's and A's complicating the listing.

    I've tried searching for the answer but search engines of course tend to strip the's and a's from searches.

    Thanks
    :)
    All I can think of is "alphabetical by key words or major words". You can try looking here:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...=Google+Search

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    Thanks, I know there is an obscure name for it as I've heard it years ago.

    I'll try a few more searches using queries the like of "a's and the's"

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    I haven't heard it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidpbrown
    Thanks, I know there is an obscure name for it as I've heard it years ago.

    I'll try a few more searches using queries the like of "a's and the's"
    You're welcome. If you find it, please let us know. :)

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    Re: ?What is the name of a list stripped of 'The's and 'A's

    Quote Originally Posted by davidpbrown
    What is the name that suggests a list has had words such as 'The' or 'A', stripped from the beginning and added to the end of each record?

    for instance a list of films..
    A Christmas Story
    Amadeus
    Open Range
    The School of Rock
    The Station Agent

    would become
    Amadeus
    Christmas Story; A
    Open Range
    School of Rock; The
    Station Agent; The

    Then listing alphabetically avoids The's and A's complicating the listing.

    I've tried searching for the answer but search engines of course tend to strip the's and a's from searches.

    Thanks
    :)
    Shot in the dark: alphabetical delimiter The colon ";" or the comma "," would be the delimiter

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    Re: ?What is the name of a list stripped of 'The's and 'A's

    Quote Originally Posted by davidpbrown
    What is the name that suggests a list has had words such as 'The' or 'A', stripped from the beginning and added to the end of each record?

    for instance a list of films..
    A Christmas Story
    Amadeus
    Open Range
    The School of Rock
    The Station Agent

    would become
    Amadeus
    Christmas Story; A
    Open Range
    School of Rock; The
    Station Agent; The

    Then listing alphabetically avoids The's and A's complicating the listing.

    I've tried searching for the answer but search engines of course tend to strip the's and a's from searches.

    Thanks
    :)
    A brief note on punctuation. One would use a comma (not a semicolon) in the second list.

    :)

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