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By John Phillips

[ Editor's Note:
[ In digest 96.11.09, Bob Conant referred to his Foster Marque Ampico:
[ > Subject: Transposing Tracker Bars
[ >
[ > I have a piano which is probably an odd duck among odd ducks. It is
[ > a Marque Ampico in a Foster upright piano. It has a transposing
[ > tracker bar...
[ John Phillips wrote in the next night about another odd duck,
[ and gave the subject heading "Odd Duckmate". I changed the subject
[ to something that would be meaningful when searching the archive
[ and unfortunately spoiled John's fun. As far as I know, there's
[ no double entendre (sp?) or idiom. Sorry John!
[ Jody

A sobering thought has just struck me. Does "Duckmate" mean something rude to the citizens of the U.S. whereas it's a pretty neutral, probably meaningless, word to Australians? I'm asking because my comment on Bob Conant's odd duck of a Foster Marque Ampico originally had the subject heading "Foster Marque Ampico". I decided that this was pretty boring and changed the heading to the tremendously witty and sophisticated "Duckmate". But our editor (Jody or Robbie?) changed it back to "Foster Marque Ampico". I'm asking partly because I can't resist having a stir but also because I have an undying memory from about thirty years ago of just stopping myself, as the words were escaping from my mouth, from asking the young lady at the cash register of the PX store at the army base at Fort Wainwright in Alaska if she had any rubbers. What I wanted, and got, luckily, was a pencil eraser.

Let me hasten to add that I am extrememly grateful to Jody and his assistant editor(s) for all the time they spend on the Digest. I waste much happy time on it daily. John Phillips.

(Message sent Fri 15 Nov 1996, 00:37:01 GMT, from time zone GMT+1100.)

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