on principle/in principal blend?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 21 04:11:28 UTC 2008

At 10:50 PM -0500 11/20/08, Alison Murie wrote:
>" While there are those in Parliament, like many Sunnis, who have
>objections to elements of the pact, the Sadrists reject any agreement
>with the Americans in principle."  NYT story on SOFA debate in Iraq
I'm not sure what that parliament debate concerned, but I take it
that it wasn't about "sofa" vs. "couch" vs. "davenport"...

(I don't see a major problem with "in principle" above, although "on
principle" would be my usage; in any case, "in principal" would be
impossible for me.)


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