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Old 02-24-2010, 10:37 AM   #31
Erick Mead
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Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 17

Scott Harrington wrote: View Post
Let me say I wait with baited breath ...
I love this malaprop. It is so commonly made because the older form of language is so unfamiliar, and so I pass on the point -- as my English teacher once passed it on to me when I did the same ... .

"baited breath": I always have this image of the cat eating cheese to catch the mouse ...

"bated breath" as in "abate" or halted. Holding one's breath in anticipation...

I still like the cat and mouse image better, though ...

Which one would be Peter, though? .....hmmmmm....


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