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« on: June 11, 2006, 03:16:11 PM »
From another board: neoclassicists. . . give Adam Smith a bad wrap. Tin foil?

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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2006, 03:47:01 PM »
Served in one of those lousy supermarket tortillas, I believe.

On the other hand, since he bought it at a chain sandwich place, and didn't actually see it being made, it started him thinking about the invisible hand of the market.

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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2006, 05:50:54 PM »
I wish I had saved the page ... Actually, I wish even more that I could remember the context.

A couple of weeks ago, Edward Greenspon, ed of the Grope and Flail, in that silly column he writes on Saturdays about what a homey, chummy bunch they all are at the G&M, referred to the Grope's principled refusal to give someone "undo attention."  :lol:

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2006, 06:40:12 PM »
Know, wee dew knot.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2006, 06:49:21 PM »
Due sew!

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2006, 07:15:55 PM »
Oar, dew two!

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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2006, 06:39:13 AM »
Hay they're, awl use.   :dots
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2007, 09:50:01 AM »
I just saw it again at ProgBlogs. If I got a nickel every time I saw 'towing the line', well, I'd have a coupla extra bucks. Jeebus, that one annoys me.

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2007, 02:00:55 PM »
"road to hoe" is one that makes me nuts.  Why would you hoe a ROAD?  It's row!  Row, row row!!!
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. -Rene Descartes, philosopher and mathematician (1596-1650)

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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2007, 02:29:00 PM »
:lol: I confess, Timebandit: I always heard "road" and didn't know it was "row" until I was in my 20s.  Not that I ever used that expression, myself...I'm quite averse to using expressions I don't understand. Usually b/c they could have historical roots in sexism, racism or the like.

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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2007, 02:34:23 PM »
Having only heard the word epitome as a teenager, I spelled it "epitomy" in a first year English paper.

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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2007, 02:35:27 PM »
Quote from: GDKitty
Usually b/c they could have historical roots in sexism, racism or the like.


Huh. You're probably right there, Kitty, but I never woulda thunk of it like that. Individual expressions I might suspect, but not the whole class of 'odd' idiom.

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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2007, 12:45:40 AM »
Quote from: Caissa
Having only heard the word epitome as a teenager, I spelled it "epitomy" in a first year English paper.


Funny, but funnier still is a person pronouncing the word with a long /o/, like "tome".
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2007, 05:24:30 PM »
I know there's another thread around somewhere for misusage that drives us bananas, but I can't find it, and I was just reminded of this one:

"adverse to" for "averse to," as in "he was not adverse to bombing the daylights out of Iran."    :evil:

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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2007, 11:18:32 AM »
sewing discord; or one sews, another reaps

(how about one sews, another rips, which makes it into a different proverb but at least it's consistent)
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