pastures anew: eggcorn?

Lynne Murphy m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK
Sun Sep 16 15:12:02 UTC 2007

Not sure if this counts as an eggcorn, but received this today:

"Farewell, I am leaving Sussex for pastures anew."

2000 google hits for 'pastures anew' (vs. 225K for 'pastures new').

The thing is, 'pastures new' seems to make more sense.  'Anew' just sounds
more marked than 'new', so perhaps it seems more right to put it into a
marked N-Adj structure?


Dr M Lynne Murphy
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language
Arts B135
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QN

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