Fwd: just bad editing or non-native?
Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Aug 15 16:17:55 UTC 2005
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> From: "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at csli.stanford.edu>
> Date: August 14, 2005 7:21:39 PM PDT
> To: wordseditor at worldwidewords.org
> Subject: Re: just bad editing or non-native?
> On Aug 12, 2005, at 5:32 AM, Michael Quinion wrote:
>> David Barnhart wrote
>>> New York City wants restaurants to cut their list of ingredients
>>> - and
>>> maybe some waistlines - by eliminating out trans fats.
>> Brits certainly don't use "eliminating out". The Guardian prints
>> errors like this fairly frequently. In this case, it looks like
>> somebody changed "cutting" to "eliminating", but forgot to remove
>> the following word.
> single occurrences are the devil to understand, especially if you
> have no access to the person who produced the original.
> this one could be:
> - an instance of "piling on", a kind of pleonasm: the speaker/
> writer thought that "eliminating" wasn't enough, so expanded it
> with "out";
> - a blend (in real time, as the expression was being produced) of
> "eliminating" and "cutting out";
> - as michael quinion suggests, what i call a "cutnpaste" error, an
> artefact of editing at a keyboard.
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