While hanging out with my buddies waiting for Curiosity to land last night, we talked about the radio delay, the delay for high res photos, and then on to whether there was a delay and what it was like for Apollo 11. I hit up wikipedia and saw this quote:
one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind
I came to the site today ask, and to my surprise today’s question was about the same quote! But not the same question.
What is up with these brackets? Is there any designated use for them? I’ve seen them used in many (perhaps subtly) different ways.
- For words that may have been misheard (above)
- “Fixing” grammatical errors “Because we [aren’t] suppose to”
- Clarification of pronouns “He [Cecil] ain’t so bad”
The problem is, except in the last case, it leaves you wondering what the person actually said.