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21 January 2011

Is the Original Unclear and Easy to Misinterpret?

I've changed the names and location, but here is part of a birth announcement I read recently: "...paternal grandparents are Jim and Lori Smith of Dingdongtown. Paternal great-grandparents are Susan Smith, Plowville, and the late Bubba Smith and Ken and Susan Markle of Allentown."

The question is: are Ken and Susan alive or dead?

Of course people living today know what the paper intended. What would someone in fifty years think?