"swap": inversion of meaning

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jan 18 13:56:03 UTC 2005

To me, the meaning is straightforward; replace refined
grains with whole grains.  No confusing or nonsensical
meaning.  If it were "swapping whole grains AND
refined ones", I would agree with your comment.

--- Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM> wrote:

> This is much like the odd shift in the meaning of
> "substitute" commented upon some weeks ago:
> "New dietary guidelines coming out Wednesday are
> expected to place more emphasis on counting calories
> and exercising daily, along with swapping whole
> grains for refined ones and eating a lot more
> vegetables and fruits."  --  Gov't: Calories, Not
> Carbs, Make You Fat (AP)
> January 12, 2005
> This says to me (nonsensically) that if you're
> eating whole grains now, you should switch to
> refined ones.
> Thoughts?
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