Date: Fri, 4 Aug 1995 10:42:00 EST
From: Electronic Products Magazine 0004276021[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MCIMAIL.COM
Subject: "tribal members"
Here's a copy-editing question from an article in another publication,
"Sandia Science News." Is anyone bothered by the following sentence,
taken from an article about Indians using new methods of food
"Tribal members are using solar power to dry crops quickly."
Should the adjective be "tribe" since the adjective "tribal" means,
according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, "of, relating
to, or characteristic of a tribe"? Would you describe membership as
'tribal"? If I had copy-edited this sentence, I would have said
"Members of the tribe"; I know my solution begs the question. Any
Leonard Schiefer lschiefer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mcimail.com
Chief Copy Editor
Electronic Products Magazine
Garden City, NY