Raising [ken]

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Wed Aug 3 19:44:14 UTC 2005

Winnowing through old emails, i came across a link to one of Michelle
Singletary's washingtonpost.com financial chats at

About a third of the way down, i read:


Columbia, MD: After purchasing a car from a "large reputable dealer" in
Northern Virginia, how long should it take for the dealer to produce a
title so I can register the car in Maryland?

So far, in my case, it's been over a month!!

Michelle Singletary: That's too long. Get yourself down to that
dealership and raise some cane.


So Singletary has "raise cane", while i'd always thought it was "raise
Cain". (Both make sense in terms of providing a usable image, of
course--one raises both crops and children.)

Two questions:

1. Which of us, in terms of usage manual English, is right?

2. Whichever of us is wrong, is this an eggcorn? (I *still* haven't
grasped the nuances of the type.)

David Bowie                                         http://pmpkn.net/lx
     Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no chocolate in the
     house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
     chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

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