"even still" ?

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Mar 13 21:41:27 UTC 2006

On Mar 10, 2006, at 4:39 PM, Alison Murie wrote:

>> From Michael Connelly,/The Lincoln Lawyer/:
> "There were predators among the female ranks that easily  rivaled
> those
> among the males.  But, even still, the women I saw in jail seemed so
> different....."
> This looks a bit off-key to me, but I don't know if it rises to the
> level
> of eggcorn;  perhaps merely a blend.

you're suggesting that it's a substitution blend, with "still"
intruding into the idiom "even so".

it could just be "even" as an emphatic modifier of "still".  not a
place it usually goes, but that's a fairly natural extension from
some standard uses of "even".


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