[Ads-l] The end is near: "substitute for" replaces "replace with"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 11 21:54:15 EDT 2016

How about this one, which can only be read with innovative "substitute" (= 'replace')?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/opinion/sunday/a-few-questions-about-the-specials.html <http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/opinion/sunday/a-few-questions-about-the-specials.html>

I really like the sound of the orecchiette and broccoli rabe, but I’m currently on the Paleo diet. Well, most days I’m on it. I alternate between Paleo, juice cleanses and eating like the world is going to end tomorrow. But tonight I’m sticking to Paleo, so no carbs! Pretty sure early man didn’t have handmade orecchiette, so I shouldn’t either. Can I substitute that for something else? Do you have any ancient grains in the kitchen? Or perhaps you could just swap out the pasta for a pile of sticks you found in the woods?

[It's a pretty funny piece, but the "substitute that for something else" doesn't seem to be part of the parody.]


> On May 11, 2016, at 9:15 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> In a blog post on "Medium" (
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__medium.com_-40Boo-5FRadley_dear-2Dbernie-2Dthanks-2Dbut-2Dim-2Ddone-2D6c6bc6e23993&d=AwIFaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=fZWut9PYE-fd72_UAHSquG1RIF0M5Bp7D9vZ6OH29dU&s=PowORZtDu9qBueJ9XDhVD-Hy_AHltkf-9U7u2lgfvQQ&e= ),
> someone who signs themself as "Boo Radley" (*To Kill a Mockingbird*) wrote:
> I’m not sure I’ve ever been more disappointed in a politician than I’ve
> become with Bernie Sanders. He was My Guy in the beginning. I really wanted
> him to be the real deal. I hoped for a year, that he would substitute
> sloganeering for actionable plans, and unfortunately I’m still waiting.
> <<<<<
> Mark Mandel
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