A Conversation for Pizza - Not Just Italian Any More

A14660525 - Pizza in America and Beyond

Post 61

AlexAshman


smiley - applausesmiley - bubblysmiley - cakesmiley - choc


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Post 62

Number Six

Excellent. smiley - ok

smiley - mod


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Post 63

Rudest Elf


Great work, Milos! smiley - applausesmiley - bubbly


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Post 64

Natalie

Hold tight! We're just about to move to the bottom of the updated Entry, which is now in the in-house queue... smiley - cheers


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A14660525 - Pizza in America and Beyond

Post 66

redink

Professional editor weighing in here:

"Six- to eight-inch pizza" or "6- to 8-inch pizza" is the correct form. Yes, it may look strange, but otherwise, the "six/6" does not form a compound adjective with "inch." So you have a "six pizza to an eight-inch pizza" rather than the intended meaning of "six-inch pizza to eight-inch pizza."

I know, most of the world doesn't care about these things. I just happen to be paid to worry about details like that.

You can avoid the whole mess by using the symbols (6" to 8") as suggested. It depends on whether using symbols rather than words for units of measure meets with the standard style.

Oh, and the -ize/-ise thing is one of those British versus American spelling things. Of course, as a Canadian, I can pick either side on the issue. (I tend to lean British on these ones, but house style with my publisher says otherwise.)


A14660525 - Pizza in America and Beyond

Post 67

The H2G2 Editors

Hello there,

Thanks for this. That seems to have been altered now...though it's not reached the final stage of the editing process yet.

h2g2 House Style would make it 'six- to eight- inch pizza' (ie, not units).

And it's obviously 'ise' for us every time! smiley - cheers

h2g2 Editors


A14660525 - Pizza in America and Beyond

Post 68

redink

Good to know about the units. I'll keep it in mind. I also thought that the "-ise" would be the likely ending for the guide, considering the country of origin.

I suppose the quotes are reversed as well (single primary, double secondary) as compared to the North American convention. So I'll make that '-ise' instead.


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Post 69

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


The following is a non-editorial and utterly pointless observation regarding the fact that 'Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza a day.'

To wit:
100 acres of pizza is about 4 million - 14 inch pizzas. There are about 300,000,000 americans. So at first blush, it would seem that each day, on average, there is one pizza for every 75 americans to share. smiley - erm

That doesn't seem like much, but consider that it is typical that 20 percent of any group is responsible for 80 percent of whatever that group is up to. And, 20 percent of the 20 percent is responsible for whatever that 20 percent is up to, and so on. smiley - geek

So if we apply the 80-20 rule (so-called by very bright people) three times, we arrive at the astonishing result that there about 2 million americans each eating a whole 14 inch pizza every day! smiley - yikes

This astonishing result required the use of numbers and so it is scientific and therefore an indisputable fact. smiley - tongueout

And, by the way, since pizzas in the US are ALWAYS sliced before they are served, you could say that these people have their work cut out for them.

smiley - run


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Post 70

Natalie

Pailaway, are you all right? smiley - nurse

It's astonishing research you've done there, mind! smiley - ok


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Post 71

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


I'm all right smiley - injured


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Post 72

Milos

smiley - headhurts
I had thought that was quite an outrageous number, but found it at several different sources (who all may have been quoting each other).

I can't speak for my fellow countrymen, but I personally enjoyed several 9-inch pizzas in the creation of this entry.

smiley - cheers


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Post 73

Natalie

Front page! smiley - discosmiley - bubbly


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Post 74

Gnomon - time to move on

smiley - cool


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Post 75

Milos

Yay!
I was afraid I would miss it.
(and I nearly did!)


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Post 76

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


Nice Blob smiley - ok


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Post 77

RockwellCommander

What about the 'trencher' then? A flat breadcake that was used as a plate - hence 'trencherman' meaning one whose appetite was so healthy that he ate the plate too. Wasn't the trencher an English invention? A sort of medieval variation of the Pizza.


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