"strand" = strain

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 13 13:56:34 UTC 2010

I was sure I'd posted something on this years ago, but the Archives are
silent.  No matter.

Around 1999-2000 I heard a local woman talking about "a different strand of
the flu."  She meant "strain."

On this week's _Bad Girls Club_, two of the principals, one from Boston and
one from LA, both very clearly spoke of  a "strand of the swine flu."

The excresecent / d / was quite audible.


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