Backwards "replace"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat May 28 00:13:57 UTC 2011

At 6:15 PM -0400 5/27/11, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>Or perhaps merely backwards substitute again -- I wasn't listening
>attentively, and pricked up my ears only at the last few words.
>WEEI, Boston radio news, about 4:30 PM today.  (I don't know if
>there's a transcript.)  In an item on fish species substitution, the
>announcer said (approximately):  "various fish species are replaced
>by more desirable ones."
>Wrong whether it's "by" or "with".
or, less interestingly, a malaproprism for "less desirable" or "more


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