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#1 2008-08-29 02:53:31

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

“gabble to gabble coverage” for “gavel to gavel coverage”

Well, it makes perfect sense to me – the official gabble starts when the gavel comes down the first time, and ends when the gavel comes down the second time. But is it an eggcorn? Kem will point out that the numbers are very small – these are all of the apparently non-punning examples that I could find (and it’s impossible to say that the first one isn’t a pun). And then there’s the problem of source: three of the four are from transcriptions. We’ve noted before that transcriptions are problematic: we can’t know that the person who produced the words would have presented them in the same fashion, and it’s entirely possible that people who are sitting in front of a monitor for eight hours a day transcribing speeches and interviews are typing individual words as they come rather than listening carefully for contextual meaning. So I’ve put it down here in slips. But whatever this is, I like it – sometimes the reshaping says exactly what I’m thinking when I’m listening to parts of the political coverage that’s swamping the American airways/airwaves right now. Examples:

We’ll have gabble to gabble coverage for this game, here’s a run down of the schedule for the week. … it-is.html

ROBERTS: And of course CNN will have live gabble to gabble coverage of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. It kicks off on September the 1st. And at 8:20, we’re going to hear from Barack Obama on issue number one, racing taxes and the economy. … tm.03.html

Any decisions on other digital outlets will wait until those discussions are complete. There is, clearly, not a lot of point in providing live gabble-to-gabble coverage in more than one place. However, we also have the BBC Parliamentary channel and I would expect to see coverage of all of these democratic institutions being integrated in that channel. . … 120708.htm

Context, ongoing and diversity. I think that the fundamental difference between CPAC and what we are proposing, it’s not so much that CPAC does not have ongoing, you know, programming of the gabble to gabble nature on an issue, but it pretty much, let’s face it, begins where it begins and ends where it ends.

I’ve noted a number of times before that the transcriptions section of the Irish Dail site are happy hunting grounds for reshapings, but this is my first time across the Irish Sea to London.

Last edited by patschwieterman (2008-08-29 16:11:38)



#2 2008-08-29 13:15:44

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2136

Re: “gabble to gabble coverage” for “gavel to gavel coverage”

A wonderful one. If it’s for real (i.e. standard by somebody who doesn’t know it should be gavel and who really thinks of yakking) it’s first-class.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



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