[Ads-l] Usage question

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 23 14:24:04 UTC 2015


I believe racing sailboats was still an important sport in the '20s, so the
metaphor would make perfect sense to readers.
On May 23, 2015 10:05 AM, "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com> wrote:

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> =46rom a book written in 1925:
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> "However, she said nothing about it, and presently her thoughts went =
> racing off on another tack."
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> A 20-year-old friend said to me that he saw =93tack=94 as a typo for =
> =93track=94. Now, I know the metaphor =93to change tack=94 has nautical =
> origins, and I had supposed that the sentence above was participating in =
> that metaphor.=20
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> Has =93to change track=94 replaced (or is it in the process of =
> replacing) =93to change tack=94? Is the use of =93tack=94 vis =E0 vis =
> =93track=94 in the sentence above unusual?
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