Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 28 20:09:11 UTC 2008

If we actually saw/heard  "when she spoke to me with a vendetta" I'd
consider it a variation on "with a vengeance", influenced by the
semantic similarity as well as the phonetic one... both due to
etymology. But Google doesn't help: hits for "with a vendetta", even
if you exclude mentions of the movie "V for Vendetta", are
overwhelmingly "a NP with a vendetta [against ...]".

On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 8:23 PM, Hillary Brown
<hillaryhazelbrown at> wrote:
> On ABC's _Wife Swap_, one of the husbands, responding to criticism and
> during an interview, just said, "When she vendettily," as in "when she
> spoke to me with a vendetta"?

Mark Mandel

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