rigor/vigor confusion

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Fri Sep 21 02:12:18 UTC 2007

I heard the report too, but I thought the phrase was just NPR's usual inept
reporter's goof.  Was this an actual quote from the panel's report?  If so,
the spelling of the noun "practises" is also interesting.  Were the panel
members L2 speaker/writers?

At 09:28 PM 9/20/2007, you wrote:
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>Subject:      rigor/vigor confusion
>Cyclist Floyd Landis, accused of doping violations in the 2005 Tour
>de France, received bad news today from an arbitration panel.  So it
>What I found interesting was the apparent error in this phrase from
>the ruling:
>"The Panel finds that the practises of the Lab in training its
>employees appears to lack the vigor the Panel would expect in the
>circumstances given the enormous consequences to athletes..."
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