New eggcorn?

Bill Palmer w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET
Tue Sep 8 14:43:10 UTC 2009

McClatchy Newspapers reports today that "Pakistanis regard the U.S., *formally* a close ally, a hostile power." 

I do not find this in the DB, which seems remarkable, as it seems like a very common error. Did I not look far enough?

Given the state of the profession today, I am not surprised to see this transgression committed by the "journalisterati".  Thanks and credit to Wilson G for the idea for this coinage.

Bill Palmer

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