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Press Release on IPA Controversy

Given the ongoing alcohol/phonetics controversy over the meaning of the abbreviation “IPA”, the Society for Unnecessary Corrections has published a press release on the subject. In accordance with the norms of news publishing, we print the release below with no comment.


It has come to our attention that the people are confusing the International Phonetic Alphabet with India Pale Ale. We set out the differences below.

* One is an intoxicant, overexposure to which can lead to slurring words, impaired decision-making and a nasty headache.

* The other is a type of beer.


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