[Ads-l] "... down a vicious cycle ..."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 14 03:09:07 UTC 2015

On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 10:45 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Feels like confusion with downward spiral to me.

That's certainly possible, but "vicious circle" and "vicious cycle" have
been at each other's stylistic throat(s) for centuries, as research by Horn
(2015) and Gray (2015) appears to suggest.

FWIW, I prefer _throats_, but...


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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