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    #1

    closeness to the people

    Hello,

    Here is part of the story my students wrote comments about:

    Is "OMG!" disrespectful to God? An Ohio hospital is promising it will stop using the text-speak abbreviation "OMG" in its advertising, following complaints from a blogger and her minister father.

    Akron Children's Hospital put up a billboard in northeast Ohio that read, "OMG! There's an Akron Children's ER in Montrose!" That's a reference to a suburban area.

    Here is one reply: The text-speak abbreviation 'OMG' is commonly used all over the world. I won't believe that anyone doesn't use it as a way of expressing their amusement. I think that is a great publicity stunt due to its simplicity and closeness to the people.

    I would change it this way:
    I do not think this abbreviation is not used to express surprise and other feelings. As for the message on the billboard, it is a great publicity stunt because it is written in simple language and appeals to a number of people.

    I would appreciate your opinion.
    Last edited by vectra; 28-Sep-2011 at 11:02. Reason: second thoughts

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    Re: closeness to the people

    Someone should tell the blogger and her minister father that it means Oh my gosh!

    That should make him feel better.

    Rover

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    Re: closeness to the people

    Vectra, this is not an improvement: "I do not think this abbreviation is not used..."

    This isn't the "wrong" kind of a double negative, but it's still hard to follow.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: closeness to the people

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Someone should tell the blogger and her minister father that it means Oh my gosh!

    That should make him feel better.

    Rover
    Or "Oh my goodness".

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    Re: closeness to the people

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Someone should tell the blogger and her minister father that it means Oh my gosh!

    That should make him feel better.

    Rover
    Jiminy Crickets, Rover, you know that "gosh" is just a euphemism.

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