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After the article came out, Shields said he asked for an independent investigation, which ultimately exonerated him. He also reached an out-of-court settlement with the newspaper ahead of a lawsuit.

He said the Globe and Mail published a retraction: "It was about two inches by two inches."

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What does "two inches by two inches" mean?

Thank you.

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This would refer to the size of the article in the newspaper being very small. Newspaper articles are traditionally in a column format which can look like a box, so a two inch by two inch column is very short.

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  • So it means that the Globe and Mail published a very short retraction announcement ?
    – whitecap
    Jun 24 '15 at 3:57
  • yes, sorry that is what I meant.
    – Mel
    Jun 24 '15 at 4:04
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I'm gonna add a little bit to Mel's answer.

It's not just saying that they posted a very short retraction announcement, it's specifying exactly how large the column was. "A by B" is a common way to say "A tall and B wide." So two inches by two inches means that the column was two inches wide and two inches tall. (4 square inches)

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