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

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Thu May 12 10:44:20 EDT 2016

On Wed, 11 May 2016 21:15:23 Zone-0400  Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM> quoted:

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 
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.

This strikes me as no more than a misplaced word, the writer intending to write "substitute, for sloganeering, actionable plans".

Similarly, my local supermarket is advertising a "gluten-free certified Cajun sauce".  Either the word "certified" is misplaced or the Department of Agriculture has a bilingual inspector who goes to the sauce factor to certify that all the assembly-line workers speak French.

James A. Landau

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