FW: blends? eggcorns?

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Fri Jan 4 04:26:55 UTC 2008

>         "Dr Nelson sold the Super Hornet option to cabinet's National =
>Security Committee this year without the co-operation of defence chiefs =
>or undertaking the long due diligence and comparative analysis that =
>usually precedes acquisitions of such scale and expense."

Oh, this makes sense. Due diligence and comparative analysis take a
long time. So it's a [long [due diligence] and [comparative
analysis]]. The paragraph James Landau posted should have read
something like "the undertaking of the long due diligence and
comparative analysis process." Evidently it was hackleschmackled by
someone who didn't really understand it.

James Harbeck.

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