"advocate for"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Sep 18 17:06:12 UTC 2009

At 9/18/2009 09:28 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Inglish synonym for "campaigner against."  This has been around for years,
>of course, but this ex. seems especially egregious:
>2009 Lauren Collins in _New Yorker_ (Sept. 21) 38: "Anyway, I got up,
>because I had to, and once I got on the airplane I collapsed."...[Cindy]
>McCain has decided to become an advocate for the disorder.

Unless McCain is really advocating for additional disorders caused by
people collapsing on airplanes?

Didn't I write something once here about similar cases, of writers
saying "for" something that was the undesirable alternative?  Can't
remember more than that.


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