Re: Large Ballot Redux

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 09:21:49 CDT

Charlie Strauss <cems@earthlink.net> wrote:
|I have reposted the three versions of the Bernalillo 76 race ballot.
|The three versions are the original optical ballot, the OVC strawman
|mock-up, and the NM election offices 2" x 57" tape printer mockup.

Thanks Charlies. However, a misuse seems to have crept across OVC:

  straw man
  1. A person who is set up as cover or a front for a questionable
     enterprise.
  2. An argument or opponent set up so as to be easily refuted or
     defeated.
  3. A bundle of straw made into the likeness of a man and often
     used as a scarecrow.
  --------------------
  The American Heritage (r) Concise Dictionary of the English Language,
  Third Edition. Copyright (c) 1992 Houghton Mifflin Company.

The second listed sense is the one I see most often, by far (when used
right). A word for Charlie's note (and those from Arthur, Alan), might
be "hypothetical" or "proposed."
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