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Another (sigh) grammar whiz

I am beginning to believe that the only reason I find these tricksome is my own declinign cognition.

Rules as usual:  add words at beginning or at end, no adding internal punctuation, no meta-syntax (using a word to stand for itself qua word, as "word" is used herein.)  Her eit is (from the Times, but no googling):

    including that volunteer battalions


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Oct. 25th, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
Many things, including that volunteer battalions have been revolting and fragging their commanding officers, argue against escalating our involvement.
Oct. 25th, 2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
Oh gee. What are you doing up so early?
Oct. 25th, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, my godson the toddler gets me up at all early hours these days...
Oct. 25th, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)
vschanoes is on the money but even I now -- anhour later -- can look at it and see it's obvious. I should delete the the whole topic to avoid shame but it may come in handy if I need evidence for the docs.
Oct. 25th, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
I fear you are damning me with faint praise, sir!
Oct. 25th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Not a bit. You solved it with great speed back when I thought it was hard.
Oct. 25th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
When geniuses slip up.
It's a shame that doctors don't consider us mentally retarded and won't treat us for mental decline when we can't think brilliant thought any more. They wait until their mini-mental tests indicate we're significantly stupider than the rest of the population.

If I start to get Alzheimer's and my IQ slips to a mere 120 I'd like to be on the drugs that stop mental degeneration then instead of waiting until I have to be institutionalized.
Oct. 25th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: When geniuses slip up.
Beware the side effects. See "Camp Concentration."
Oct. 25th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
when one takes all the factors into account, including that volunteer battalions provide services to communities that otherwise would have none, it becomes clear that it is a valid use of government funds to provide them with up-to-date equipment.
Oct. 25th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yes good.
Oct. 25th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
When we consider the measures taken thus far to combat ebola, including that volunteer battalions of health care workers have been thrown into the fray in Africa, it seems clear that other countries need to step up.
Oct. 25th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yours too.
Oct. 25th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
It introduced many new ideas, including that volunteer battalions were now allowed to blah blah.

I assume that "no internal punctuation" would preclude an apostrophe after battalions.
Oct. 25th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
Very nice.
Oct. 26th, 2014 11:46 am (UTC)
"The assertion of non-intervention was contradicted by several inconvenient facts on the ground, including that volunteer battalions seemed to wear the patches of regular army units."

If this is the actual usage, the phrase should have been something like "including the fact that" because otherwise the sentence is overly condensed.
Oct. 26th, 2014 12:00 pm (UTC)
Well now I've lost the original but i think it was just that -- something like "many pertinent facts, including that battalions..."
Nov. 1st, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
an ethical approach
"Ever so often appalled by the inhospitable and the discriminating and the elitist, a man may feel deep gratitude towards the rare, courageous, lovable including that volunteer battalions of moral support in such dire times..."
Creaky, I know. But different :-)
Nov. 2nd, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: an ethical approach
maybe a "can show" or "can offer" after moral support-- if I read your sentence right and you are using "including" as a gerund.
Nov. 2nd, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
Re: an ethical approach
Thanks. I meant it, that is, tried to mean it, as a substantive. The deserving, the including. Well...
Nov. 2nd, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Re: an ethical approach
It should be 'who' instead of that, then, of course. But 'that' makes it kind of whacky-dramatic-convincing, I thought, at the time.
Nov. 1st, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
or perhaps some well-meant advice for the odd overeducated commander in action
"Sir, by similar lengthy briefing casuistry excluding this and including that volunteer battalions have been driven to mutiny before."

Yet unsurpassed, in my opinion, stands the humidity hit to mambo...
Nov. 2nd, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)
Re: or perhaps some well-meant advice for the odd overeducated commander in action
Wow -- you remember that one? It was good. Your variant here is very clever and unlike any of the others.
Nov. 1st, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Indeed the harsh demands of leadership
"Certainly your brother is a true patriot, but Colonel, I know that for the man who keeps including that volunteer battalions of trained professionals willibe a lot less eager to fight."

Tricksome is a lovely word... Anyone here expecting a baby girl? Imagine...
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