OT: "strand" = strain

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Feb 13 14:23:02 UTC 2010

At 2/13/2010 08:56 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>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.

I thought excrescences came only with the pox.


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