on principle/in principal blend?

Doug_Harris cats22 at STNY.RR.COM
Fri Nov 21 15:29:02 UTC 2008

They discussed the SOFA from the daybed? Or the principal of the peculiar
SOFA from a daybed on a precipice?

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
>> parliament.
>> AM
> 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.)
> LH
........or how about "daybed?"    The much-discussed Status of Forces
I couldn't decide  whether "in principal"  is ever used to mean
"principally", but talked myself into it.  In this case "in
particular" might be closer to the meaning sought.

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