[Ads-l] tamper down

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Aug 14 00:17:58 EDT 2017


On 8/14/2017 12:17 AM, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
> On 8/13/2017 10:20 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> 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.
> --
>
> Maybe "temper down"? (Several apparent examples at G-books ....)
>
> -- Doug Wilson



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