Take me now, Lord!

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Feb 8 18:22:31 UTC 2006

On Feb 7, 2006, at 7:17 PM, Larry Horn wrote:

> At 9:44 PM -0500 2/7/06, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> "'Love Monkey' will cast you in its spell!"
>> Voice-over accompanying an ad for a TV show.
>> -Wilson Gray
> Lovely.  I tried googling the phrase, elegant as it is, and found
> exactly two hits, one from a comic review and the other from a movie
> review of "The Human Stain" at a site called...The Dental Arts of
> Plano ("State of the Art with a Heart"):
> This movie will cast you in its spell and surprise you with its
> secrets.
> http://www.aggiedoc.com/view_review.php?viewID=40
> I guess we're in what some would consider SOTA territory here...

well, yet another idiom blend (YAIB?): "cast a spell on/over s.o." +
"catch s.o. in its spell" (the latter idiom can have other verbs, in
particular "have" and "hold", but "catch" is the most likely verb to
be competing with "cast".


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