Two pedants draw sabres over spelling of saber

Exchanges such as this really do tickle my fancy….

 

G’ day Brian.

Cheers for the Contact Magazine link – some great articles in this one.

Just a small point – “Talisman Saber 2017” needs to be spelt correctly. This year it was US led, so it should have been spelt, “Saber.”

Depending on who leads the exercise will determine the use of “sabre” or “saber.” The next one in 2019 should be sabre – as Aus / US take it in turns to lead the exercise.

It seems that there are still folks out there that do not understand this – and I refer to quite a few, am not singling out anyone or the publication! Even some folks attending the exercise were not aware of this nuance.

Keep up the good work.

All the best, WO2 (name withheld)

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Hi mate,
I was 100% aware of this spelling nuance – but here are my reasons for deliberately choosing Sabre and sticking with it….
  • In quality publications (such as mine) consistency is very important
  • The official ADF homepage of TS17 spells it Sabre throughout
    • and this official Navy page says Sabre throughout – even in the caption under the logo, which clearly says Saber
  • All three Defence newspapers used Sabre consistently
  • Not once, anywhere, that I saw, did either the Yanks or the Aussies say who was in charge this year – much less offer us ‘bloody civvie media’ a spelling lessons
    • except that the opening line of the first press release says “Australia’s largest military exercise” – which, in the absence of contrary evidence, clearly suggests an Australian lead
    • and the phrase “Australia‑United States bilateral exercise” wasn’t used until line five, again suggesting a US-subordinate role
    • plus the fact that all those official Defence sources as listed above (plus the ‘Media Alert’ sent out on 2 June) spelling it the Aussie way, also supported an assumption of an Aussie lead
  • Official media output from TS17 was frequently inconsistent
    • some photographers were consistent one way or the other, but I did ping at least one for spelling it differently one day to the next
    • some captions said Sabre while the pre-prepared mid caption on the same photo said Saber
My attitude was, if Defence can’t get it right – or couldn’t be bothered to form a cohesive policy (and follow/police it), then I sure as hell don’t/shouldn’t care – except to pick one spelling and stick with it, consistently.
So that’s what I did.
All that said though – I actually did know it was America’s turn this year, if the alternating-lead rule still applied – but still deliberately chose the Aussie version as a shit-stir, hoping that someone in Defence would pick me up on it so I could write this response 😉  highlighting Defence’s own ineptitude on this exact topic.
I know you weren’t singling me or CONTACT out in your commendable campaign. If I were in your position, I believe I would be just as pedantic.
But, before lobbing hand grenades at ‘bloody civvie media’, I think you need to direct your campaign inwards first.
And you don’t actually have far to go to find sinners  – – –  I note in [a significant official publication released today] that your own OC used Sabre in his piece 🙂
All in good fun mate,
Brian Hartigan
Managing Editor
Contact Publishing Pty Ltd
 

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sir_jeffrey_blog_logoAnother comment from resident crankyman Sir Jeffrey Armiger – a retired Public Servant with a pet hate for BE – bovine excrement. Follow Sir Jeffrey on Facebook here.

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