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Its strictly esthetics. I don't care for the way that "the PTB" looks in print but "tptb" looks kinda cute. But I enjoy saying " the P that B", yo.
originally posted by: caladonea
What difference does it make...what we call them...the fact is they are in power and meet secretly in all of their secret societies meetings and decide...what is next.
Use example number two in a sentence to help clarify what you mean. I guess you'll have to start with "Powers That Be" or you'll have to add a "the".
originally posted by: mysterioustranger
Depends on the usage-inference.
Example 1. "The Powers That Be" control our world. (TPTB)
Example 2. "Powers That Be" seem to control the mainstream. (PTB)
It depends on the need for using "The" in reference, statements etc.
originally posted by: caskatoon
a reply to: MissSmartypants
I noticed, when you started this thread, you asked...Is it 'tptb' or "ptb"...and now, it is missing, along with the "reason for edit:"
There's another First(For myself anyway)...Right here on ATS.
Also, did you get the memo, the votes are rigged, and well, either way...The darkness always bleeds da' light!