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Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Aug 29 19:47:49 UTC 2012

This seems like a homophone issue for people who pronounce "sit" and "set" alike.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Aug 29, 2012, at 12:40 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> Not sure how widespread this is, but it's non-null. I came across a
> comment on a G+ post that included "sitting aside the matter of...". I
> first thought it was just a typo, but thought it worth being checked.
> Sure enough, once you filter out GB hits (AFAICT all are OCR errors),
> there are plenty of hits that clearly use "sitting aside" for "setting
> aside".
> Here are a couple:
>> It's not like their automatic robot keeping the server safe is going
>> to be sitting aside time to go through the reports.
>> She smiled and took the DVD out, sitting aside so that they could put
>> in the movie they desired.
>> In his particulars of claim, the appellant, (Plaintiff in the */court
>> a quo/*) sought an order sitting aside two final liquidation orders
>> granted by the High Court on the 30^th June 1981 in respect of two
>> companies; viz Powerforce Construction (Pty) Ltd and Cemco (Pty) Ltd.
> Not all of these are equivalent, of course. The second one ("she
> smiled..." is from a page that contains a lot of typos. The third is
> from a Swaziland court case, so the expression substitution might be
> idiomatic in Swaziland. But, overall, it's surprising there are /any/
> examples.

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