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And what would it sound like? Patricia Murphy, "Hillary Campaign Plans to Shush Berniacs During Vote", The Daily Beast 7/26/2016:

In an email to Clinton's California Delegation, a Clinton staffer outlined a plan to drown out any sounds of descent from unruly Bernie fans.

The error has now been fixed — I'm sympathetic, since I make substitutions of that kind all the time in typing.

The obligatory pre-correction screenshot:

[h/t Eric Fahlgren]



  1. Bob Ladd said,

    July 27, 2016 @ 4:58 am

    Surely "sounds of descent" would be something like this.

  2. Doreen said,

    July 27, 2016 @ 5:53 am

    @Bob Ladd:
    Thanks for the link – I'd never heard of that concept before. The "sounds of descent" that spontaneously occurred to me are of a far less intellectual type.

  3. bratschegirl said,

    July 27, 2016 @ 8:56 am

    The opposite of "song of ascents"?

  4. Lazar said,

    July 27, 2016 @ 8:58 am

    "I heard that Commentary and Dissent had merged and formed Dysentery."

  5. Faldone said,

    July 27, 2016 @ 11:54 am

    I have heard of a technique for duplicating the sounds of descent on a piano by playing a descending scale in octaves and crossing the left hand over to play above the right hand after it goes down the octave and bringing the right hand back above the left hand when it gets done with its octave.

  6. Daniel Barkalow said,

    July 27, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

    At least they're not trying to drown out sounds of descant. It's hard enough to stay on the melody yourself when those are going on, let alone drown them out.

  7. Helen said,

    July 27, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

    "Put your tray table in the upright and locked position…"

  8. maidhc said,

    July 28, 2016 @ 2:58 am

    The San Jose Mercury News presented a front page headline last week stating that Donald Trump was about to assume the "mantel" of his party.

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