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Feedback 10/17: Quotations, definitions and possessives

•Burt, York County: There was a reference about birds in the Home and Garden section that says 'If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck ..." The saying goes, 'If it walks like a duck and quacks like duck ..." Editor: You are absolutely right. Ducks don't talk. Elderly Part II •Ann, Newport News. I hate to belabor the question about the use of the word elderly in a news article. But many years ago I was a reporter for the Detroit Free-Press. Both there and in journalism school news writers were not permitted to use descriptive adjectives. Those were left to the feature writers. You couldn't describe someone as elderly. You could describe...