pastures anew: eggcorn?

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Mon Sep 17 11:49:38 UTC 2007


Why not ask them to teach intro to ling? (Or, scariest thought of the
day, maybe they would think they could.)


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>Poster:       Lynne Murphy <m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK>
>Subject:      Re: pastures anew: eggcorn?
>Well, obviously, I didn't know it---which will probably shame me further as
>our department is being forced into the English dept this month and I will
>be back to explaining to literature people that it doesn't matter that it's
>an introductory literature course, I still can't teach it!
>--On Sunday, September 16, 2007 2:24 pm -0400 Charles Doyle
><cdoyle at UGA.EDU> wrote:
>>  This past week, in the Milton class I'm teaching, I identified the
>>  pentameter in "Lycidas" as "one of the most famous lines in all of
>>  English poetry." My students disagreed--professing complete prior (a few,
>>  even current!) unfamiliarity with it. O how the canon changes . . . .
>>  "Pastures anew" doesn't even scan well!
>>  --Charlie
>>  ---- Original message ----
>>>  Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 11:12:02 -0400
>>>  From: Lynne Murphy <m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK>
>>>  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?
>>>  Lynne
>Dr M Lynne Murphy
>Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language
>Arts B135
>University of Sussex
>Brighton BN1 9QN
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Dennis R. Preston
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