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Topic: Okay, I've had it

From: Kelly Marsh
Location: Camano Island
Date: 05/31/2012

Greg, this is another post about authors not understanding the words they use, but please understand, it is not aimed at you.

In this case it has to do with the word "brace." A brace of pistols, a brace of knives, a brace of rabbits, etc. Many authors seem to think that "a brace" means whatever number they care to assign to it. "I drew a brace of knives, and springing from my hiding place, threw all six."

To the authors who do not know, "brace" means two. No more, no less. It is sort of like a pair, but without the implication of a matched set. In any event, it means two. Period.

Kelly


Re: Okay, I've had it

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/06/2012

Let's hope we don't need a brace of corrections to get this point across! I vaguely recall violating this rule myself, but don't know where...

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