Puzzling blend

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 31 00:46:30 UTC 2010

I can easily imagine a scenario in which the sportswriter came across
"give [someone] an edge" in high-school English, misrecalled it as
"give [someone] an age" and decided that it would be the perfect
cliche to express the concept that the new guy was younger and faster.


On Sun, May 30, 2010 at 3:27 PM, Alice Faber <faber at haskins.yale.edu> wrote:
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> On 5/30/10 2:52 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> On Sat, May 29, 2010 at 2:05 PM, Alice Faber<faber at haskins.yale.edu>  wrote:
>> "... give the 49ers a refreshing _age_ in the Secondary"
>> an exact quote?
>> I would have expected
>> "... give the 49ers a refreshing _edge_ in the Secondary."
> If it was in the quotes I dredged up from Google, it was cut-and-pasted
> from the blog or whatever it was in. Sports blog comments tend to not be
> proofread all that well, though I could imagine a phonological story
> behind that spelling. That said, in that specific entry, the same player
> was described as being both from Nevada and Nebraska, so I'm going to go
> with error.
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