strum up support

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sat Feb 16 23:20:00 UTC 2008

You must be an anarchist! "Drum up" is traditional, preferred,
correct. Not reason enough!


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>Subject:      Re: strum up support
>I was curious what the preferred version might be, so I found the entry
>at, where it says
>that "drum up" is considered correct.
>I don't think that's enough to make me stop using "strum up," though. Is
>there a specific reason why strum up support is dispreferred? It's still
>using a musical instrument and it sounds better since it employs
>Andrea Morrow wrote:
>>  >From a CNN article today on Chelsea Clinton's role in the
>>presidential campaign:
>>  Chelsea Clinton will spend three days there to strum up last-minute
>>  votes before the state's Tuesday caucuses, said a source from her
>>  mother's campaign.
>>  A quick google search for "strum up support" turns up over a million
>>  hits, but most are obvious plays on words (a rock musician strums up
>>  support for his show, etc.)
>>  I see this usage is already in the eggcorn database, but it's the
>>  first time I've seen it, and it seemed worth mentioning.
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Dennis R. Preston
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