closed circle of friends

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 27 04:23:36 UTC 2008

I agree with Ron's interpretation. And could there really be a copy
editor so unread as to be unfamiliar with a thousand-year-old cliché
like "close circle of friends"?


On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 3:35 PM,  <RonButters at> wrote:
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>  Miley Cyrus, quoted in today's Orlando Sentinel (2-26-08, pA2):
>  "... My mom is more strict than my dad. You want to keep your closed circle
>  of friends. And sometimes my mom is saying: 'I have a bad vibe about this
>  person. She needs to hang out with you when I'm around just to keep you safe'. ..."
>  Does it appear that Ms. Cyrus has reinterpreted the normal idiom, "close
>  circle of friends" (= group of close friends) to be "closed circle of friends"
>  (meaning 'friends that one sees without parents [or other outsiders] present)?
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