Re:       blend: "slowly by slowly"

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Wed Jan 14 02:36:26 UTC 2004

In a message dated 12/17/03 8:17:30 PM, gcohen at UMR.EDU writes:

>    For those interested in syntactic blending, here's one I heard the other 
> day.
> A fellow named Rick Francona was being interviewed on MSNBC about
> interrogating Saddam Hussein. Getting him to reveal his secrets
> involves a gradual process of wearing him down, and during Francona's
> explanation, he said that "slowly by slowly" (something will happen,
> I forget just what).
>    This is clearly a blend of "slowly" and "step by step."
> Gerald Cohen

or "little by little"

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