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European Parliament ceiling collapses - EUobserver

Although languishing in the middle of summer holidays, there was some activity in the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week when part of the ceiling of the main plenary room collapsed.

Last Thursday (7 August), the ceiling of the main hemicycle where up to 785 euro-deputies from the 27 member states assemble to vote on EU laws partially caved in two takes.

The website www.strastv.com distributed photos of the collapsed ceiling on Monday

French news agency AFP reported that the first part came crashing down around 18.00 CET and another part followed just over four hours later at 22.36 CET.

by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:22:39 PM EST
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partially caved in two takes

"caved in two takes"? Huh?

And I feel a PN coming on, since these people should know how to write better than this: "partially" is the opposite of "impartially". The word they want is "partly".

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 04:22:06 PM EST
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That's not what the Webster tells me.

partially - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

1archaic : in a biased manner : with partiality2: to some extent : in some degree

As in 'partial collapse', I guess?

Or is that just US English?

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:50:22 PM EST
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No, it can be used to mean "partly". It's just a bugbear of mine (ie I don't think it's good usage).

BTW, I just heard a French sovereignist MEP explain the collapse by successive enlargements of the EU, leading to the cobbling together of a larger chamber...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 01:29:19 AM EST
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Main Entry:
Middle English parcial, from Late Latin partialis, from Latin part-, pars part
14th century
1 : of or relating to a part rather than the whole : not general or total 2 : inclined to favor one party more than the other : biased 3 : markedly fond of someone or something --used with to

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:59:30 PM EST
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The adjective "partial" can have this sense, no doubt. But "partly" is a much clearer adverb than "partially". Occam's Razor.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 01:30:57 AM EST
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Over in the OT...
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:53:05 PM EST
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