for fans of reversed "substitute"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 27 21:09:29 UTC 2005

On 10/27/05, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
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> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>
> Subject:      for fans of reversed "substitute"
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> the 10/27/05 "Bizarro" cartoon (by Don Piraro) has a waiter taking an
> order from a pig.  the pigs says: "The special sounds good, but can I
> substitute the pork chop for a fried chunk of your left buttock?"
> this is reversed "substitute", which we've mentioned here before:
> "substitute OLD for NEW" instead of the older version "substitute NEW
> for OLD"  ("substitute OLD by/with NEW" is the intermediate stage, in
> case you've forgotten the details).
> arnold

Take me now, Lord!

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