[Ads-l] mistake for

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Apr 15 15:54:21 UTC 2021

That’s…surprising.  I’ll have to give Oliver Sacks’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” a closer look. Maybe he wasn’t looking at his wife at the time and classifying her as a piece of his haberdashery, but regarding his hat with affection or lust. 


> On Apr 15, 2021, at 10:13 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> A guest with an authoritative demeanor on today's Morning Joe (MSNBC) said
> that Officer Potter "may have mistaken her taser for her service weapon."
> If there was a mistake, it had to have been the opposite: she mistook the
> handgun for the taser.
> Slip of the tongue? Or an emerging reversal like "to substitute for"?
> JL
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