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Mrs. Davies grants Sheldon "a fortnight's compassionate leave", so he can take care of a traumatized Amy.

I only found out after I'd published the chapter, it should've been "two weeks compassionate leave".

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On ‎4‎/‎8‎/‎2016 at 11:47 AM, Stephen Hawking said:

Thanks Tensor.

I dropped a clanger in The Survival Imperative, when I used the term "fortnight".

It was pointed out to me, that the term isn't used in America.

I was quite surprised to learn, that you can't buy Hot Dog sausages in jars, over there.

Yeah, I think that once in a while I've heard the word fortnight used here in the US, but I think it generally sounds a little pretentious.

What do you mean by hot dog sausages?  Do you mean something like Vienna sausages (little fat, kind of finger-sized "sausages")?  If that's what you mean, they come in cans...

Or do you mean something else?  Regular hot dogs come in plastic packages, kind of like lunchmeat.

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1 minute ago, phantagrae said:

Or do you mean something else?  Regular hot dogs come in plastic packages, kind of like lunchmeat.

I'm talking about big, long sausages (OK, stop sniggering you lot :icon_biggrin: ), which you put on a roll.

Like these.

hotdog.jpg

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On April 12, 2016 at 3:20 PM, Stephen Hawking said:

I'm talking about big, long sausages (OK, stop sniggering you lot :icon_biggrin: ), which you put on a roll.

Stephen, in the US hot dogs are are generic term for a slimmer sausage.   Hot dogs can be long (up to a foot long, or even longer).

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Note the plastic packaging.  And though the thickness varies here, these are all hot dogs.

Generally what American's think of as sausage are the thicker pieces below.  Note the long, thinner pieces are though of in the US as Hot Dogs.

 

sausage-meals.jpg

 While sausages tend to be thicker.  Sausages come in various sizes:

raw-fresh-sausage.jpg

 

The top center pieces are about the size, width wise, as hot dogs.

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I just recently posted my latest fanfic.  After publishing on fanfic.net I went back in and made some corrections, but instead of my corrections getting published, a much older draft of it overwrote not only my edits, but the final version that did get published.

I caught it when the word count dropped considerably.  I have had to go back and recreate from memory everything I lost and republish, and I know this has altered my story a bit from anyone who read it the first day. 

I'm embarrassed for anyone who read my working draft by mistake because there were a lot of errors.

I've fixed it, but the bad copy was up for over 24 hours.  

Has anyone ever had this happen to them?  Is this an issue with doing edits with the doc manager on ff.net?

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7 hours ago, jenafan said:

I just recently posted my latest fanfic.  After publishing on fanfic.net I went back in and made some corrections, but instead of my corrections getting published, a much older draft of it overwrote not only my edits, but the final version that did get published.

I caught it when the word count dropped considerably.  I have had to go back and recreate from memory everything I lost and republish, and I know this has altered my story a bit from anyone who read it the first day. 

I'm embarrassed for anyone who read my working draft by mistake because there were a lot of errors.

I've fixed it, but the bad copy was up for over 24 hours.  

Has anyone ever had this happen to them?  Is this an issue with doing edits with the doc manager on ff.net?

I've had something similar happen recently as well. For me, luckily, it was before publishing. I found that the issue was that I had been editing the document on both my laptop and my Kindle Fire and for some reason when I switch between the two, FFN saves the document on the device I'm working on at the moment. I have no clue why it would overwrite a published story, other than some weird setting in your browser history (cookies.) 

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\@DrWackaDoodle

Thank you.   That explains it because I've been using three different devices to work on my story in my free time via the FFN doc manager.

I did notice a couple times that the site asked if I wanted to refresh after publishing, and I'm wondering if that caused the problem as well.

The only thing that is bothering me is wondering how many people read the bad copy and left off scratching their head wondering how I could possibly think that was worth publishing, and all caused because I went in to correct a couple misspelled words.   I literally lost about 800 words in my story and had to go back and recreate the missing pieces by memory.

I think my mistake was relying solely on FFN doc manager instead of MS Word.

Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to reply.  It has helped.

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