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This I Believe

If you see a bank robber take your three-days-from-retirement partner hostage, he may order you to stand back.

If you see a squad of soldiers aiming their weapons at a newly-discovered ally, you can tell them to stand down.

If you win the high noon quick-draw shootout with the evil sheriff, you can stand over his corpse.

If you have to give a valedictorian speech, you can stand on a podium.

If your friend has been falsely accused of leaking state secrets to the super-terrorists, you can stand behind her.

However, if you’ve decided you no longer want to sit in that chair, you do not have to stand up. You can just stand. No direction needed.

That is all.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 14th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
However, you cannot "launch to a stand" by leaping to your feet, as I pointed out a couple months ago.
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)

Not that I don't write similarly unfortunate phrases, but I delete them right away.
Jan. 14th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
You're taking a stand on this? While we're just standing around? How can you stand it?
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
It's created a real stand off.
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Then maybe you should get a stand-in, or we'll ask you to stand or fall by the results, which will affect your standing.
Jan. 14th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
That's because the term for a stand in an other-than-vertical direction (as opposed to position) is usually "falling."
Jan. 14th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Spider-man disagrees with you!
Jan. 14th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
Which is why I said "usually." ;)
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
This is was prompted by the copy edit I just finished.
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
So I figured, and congrats on having finished it.
Jan. 14th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
*has flashbacks to the "losing his head" scene in Austin Powers...*
Jan. 14th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
..while listening to "Stand By Me" playing in the background.
Jan. 15th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
Hmm. Are you saying that it's wrong, or just redundant? Or redundant and therefore wrong? Sometimes I like "stand up", just as sometimes I like "sit down" or - more often - "lie down" as against a simple "sit" or "lie". And I would assert that eg "stand and be counted" is not quite the same as "stand up and be counted". Sometimes a direction is actively useful. And sometimes rhythmically so, which also matters.
Jan. 15th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
I say it's redundant and therefore deprecated. I agree that "Stand and be counted" is not the same as "Stand up and be counted," because the former is clearly superior. :)

I'm sure there are reasons to put a direction in sometimes, but imo the "up" should be assumed.

At least, that's how I do it in my "fiction novels."
Jan. 15th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
this was such a pet peeve in my old writer's group.
Jan. 15th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Sure, but those people were assholes.
Jan. 15th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
Ha, you made me laugh.
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  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:47
    Oh, yeah, excellent point.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:46
    Oh yeah. Like the lawyers who get obvious really venal criminals off because it makes their success rate look good. But those are not the ones I am referring to in meaning well. These guys are mixed…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 20:37
    This reminds me of the time my wife was injured and the insurance guy handling her case did everything possible to deny and stall the payment. We had to put her surgery on a credit card because this…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:24
    The creepiest part is that some of them are actually well meaning.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:08
    Yeah. It's godawful what people will do when they have authority and no fear about using it.
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