Date: Wed, 10 Jul 1996 11:18:10 PDT
From: Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EPIX.NET
Subject: Re: "Wildly" vs. "Widely"
--- On Wed, 10 Jul 1996 08:31:31 PDT "//www.usa.net/~ague"
ague[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]REDRCK.ENET.DEC.COM wrote:
Today's newspaper had a caption on a photo saying that the "water pressure
fire hydrants varies wildly." Unless the editor had some sort of pun
I would have expected "widely" to be used.
i would assume that if it varied "widely" it would move methodically from very
high pressure to very low pressure. If it varied "wildly" it jumped
erratically from one pressure to another.
If this is the worst problem you have with your newspaper, consider yourself
lucky. In my local daily yesterday they forgot the entire comics page, and
according to today's header it is Saturday, July 10th. The calendar they gave
out last winter had 31 days in June.
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