usually always

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Wed May 23 03:14:37 UTC 2007

I didn't have "usually almost always" in mind.  Rather: "usually" (e.g., "I usually park there") + "almost always" (e.g., "I almost always park there") blend to "usually always" (e.g., "I usually always park there").
As for the few examples of "usually almost always" (mentioned in the message below), they too represent a blend.
Gerald Cohen


From: American Dialect Society on behalf of James Harbeck
Sent: Tue 5/22/2007 9:49 PM
Subject: Re: usually always

>Looks like a blend: "usually" + "almost always."

FWIW, I've never heard "usually almost always." It does get 805 hits
on Google, but a lot of them are actually "usually (almost always)"
or "usually, almost always" or constructions to that effect.
("Usually always" gets 304,000 hits, but many of them are from forms
in which they are adjacent items on a scale -- I found 13 in the
first 50 that were actually the construction in question.)

James Harbeck.

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