semantic shift: "coming out of the woodwork"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 29 13:13:00 UTC 2011

Rebel redhead Michelle Bachmann declares that her presidential
campaign has "nonstop support coming out of the woodwork all over the

"Coming out of the woodwork" is here a neutral or even a positive term
implying "appearing unexpectedly."

Had Rep. Bachmann thought otherwise, she wouldn't have said it.

Contrast "coming" with the more freq. "crawling."


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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