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Old 10-12-2020, 08:48 PM
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I am a long way from the language police and although I don't use platform myself it doesn't really bug me. I can manage to see minty without to much heartburn. Grips, clips, and "long" colt don't make me even blink.

But, it is a revolver not a ******* "wheelie"
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This thread is a kind of fun trip down a rabbit hole of word choices. You have hit upon one here that has caused me some real stress. In the last few months it has become part of my job to try and teach a group of cops not to write like this. These guys are going to be the end of me I think.
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And can we mention artificial copspeak?

“The suspect exited his vehicle”, when he got out out of his car

I remember a particular example from a book about Newhall because I actually discussed this with a friend with 25 years LE experience:

“The officers acquired a visual on the suspects’ vehicle.”

My friend said that one year out of the academy he’d have written that too. Ten years later he’d just have put that they saw the car.
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Firearms became platforms the same way weight became grain.

Now there are lighter grain and heavier grain bullets. Did you know that?

What grain bullet do you like to use?
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How about “Goodyears” for rubber grips, “bang switch” for trigger,
“booger hook” for trigger finger, etc.? Guess I’m getting old.
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This thread is a kind of fun trip down a rabbit hole of word choices. You have hit upon one here that has caused me some real stress. In the last few months it has become part of my job to try and teach a group of cops not to write like this. These guys are going to be the end of me I think.
I've done a great deal of technical writing, reviewing and tech editing on some tricky technical subjects. Persuading those with multiple Masters Degrees and PhDs to write about their complicated stuff in a simple manner is an uphill battle. Maybe I find it easier being the Associate's Degree dummy in the room.

Years ago I had the honor of working for a guy who was pretty "up there" in his field. One day he brought me a paper and asked me to read through it looking for errors. I was flattered, but knowing my limitations I asked him, "Am I going to understand any of this?"

He sort of started and said, "Well, that would be nice, but the thing is I cannot spell for toffee. Go through it and keep me out of trouble, please". I did as asked. I was not too sure as to the validity of some of the technical content, but he was bang on about his spelling abilities.
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How about “Goodyears” for rubber grips, “bang switch” for trigger,
“booger hook” for trigger finger, etc.? Guess I’m getting old.
I must be getting old, too, because these are what I was going to list!

As far as "platform", it annoyed me at first, and while I don't use the word, at least I understand why someone would.
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