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#1 2005-10-26 15:01:43

lbonis1
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Registered: 2005-10-26
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'half mass' for 'half mast'

a homonymal mistake, i guess, but god! what an irritating one.

“The flag is flown at half mass, or in the middle of the flagpole, on Memorial Day. People do that to honor those Americans who died fighting for their country. It is also flown at half mass when a president or other government official dies.” http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/00109/flag.html

“When you are on the court and tragedy strikes or some unexpected disturbing event leaves you injured to the very core, you must step back and allow yourself to feel the pain. It is time to fly your flag at half mass.” http://www.designerlifelearningcafe.com … lfmass.htm

“Has anyone been to Disney since the attack on the USA? I keep receiving e-mails that Disney refuses to fly flags at half mass. Can anyone help me out here? I just can’t believe that they would do something so unamerican.” http://www.magicalmouse.com/tmmforum/sh … =3&o=&vc=1

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#2 2005-10-26 21:57:51

Chris Waigl
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Registered: 2005-10-14
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Re: 'half mass' for 'half mast'

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#3 2010-12-23 14:48:21

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1293

Re: 'half mass' for 'half mast'

Half mask suggests a flag that is half-hidden. Or that something else is half showing, as in the third example.

Flags flying at half-mask is a sign of mourning. I can’t find any reason why
http://www.directhit.com/ansres/Half-Mask.html

With all the problems we face in Louisiana all the Governor can do is issue an order to fly the flag at half mask? ... I did not serve just to have a flag flown at half mask I served for a better country
http://www.nola.com/military/index.ssf/ … flags.html

the man’s trousers were at half mask, his cat must have died.
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/in … 005AAOUekS

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