[Ads-l] "parse out" = 'parcel out' (not in ecdb)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Feb 14 19:14:01 UTC 2020

We know about parceling (or parcelling) out. The OED has, s.v. parcel, v. 

transitive. To divide or distribute into parts, portions, or parcels. Usually with _out_.

And we know about parsing, especially given our professional responsibilities.  But do we know about parsing out?  

From an article about which Houston Astros are accepting blame/responsibility (and how) for the banging-on-the-can sign-stealing scandal

No other Astros were as willing as Correa was to discuss details, and second baseman Jose Altuve declined a chance to parse out blame. Evidence suggests that he used stolen signs far less than his teammates, but Altuve shared the responsibility.

Unsurprisingly, there are lots of earlier google hits for “parse out blame” or “parse out responsibility”, and it’s a natural enough eggcorn, but eggcorn it is.  At least for now.  

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