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Saturday: January 12, 2008

A Redundant Simile

Filed under: — site admin @ 7:29 PM UTC

Conrad Black writes of the New Hampshire primary: “The great oracular experts of the American media floundered like halibut.” Aren’t the last two words entirely superfluous, given that flounders and halibut are closely related and some species are called by both names?

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  1. Then there are those who can’t keep the verbs “founder” and “flounder” straight.

    Comment by steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) — Sunday: January 13, 2008 @ 1:42 PM UTC

  2. That’s not so hard, so long as you recall that “founder” is the past comparative of “find” and “flounder” is the past comparative of, uh, “flind”.

    Comment by old maltese — Saturday: January 19, 2008 @ 4:19 PM UTC

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