[Ads-l] tamper down

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 13 22:20:23 EDT 2017


Unconscious influence of the archaic expression, "turn the damper down"?

(Hearing people say "to dampen." when they should be saying "to damp" is
one of my pet peeves. Someone needs to damp that.)

On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 12:31 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Professional journalists on both MSNBC and Fox News express hopes that
> Virginia police can "tamper down" the Charlottesville violence.
>
> It's like "tamp down" but somehow better.
>
> JL
>
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> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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-Wilson
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