as soon » assume
Spotted in the wild:
- To me, shoes were as essential to golf as a mother-in-law suite is to a house—they may be there, but you’d just assume forget about them when they’re occupied. (WorldGolf.com)
- To be blunt, don’t go into to herpetology if you’re a whimp. For one thing, if you’re afraid of crocodiles, you probably just assume not study them up close. (monster Career Advice)
- Given such outdated means of travel, I would just assume stay at home. (link)
- I have a husband that would just assume eat, sleep, and work than have anything to do with me. (link)
In the Livejournal dot_pedantic thread, commenter oneironaut suggests
> The originator was probably thinking of ‘assume’ in the sense of ‘to take upon oneself’ or ‘to undertake the duties of (an office)’ and probably didn’t know the wording of the expression at all, rather than knowing and trying to improve it, since it’s a shortened form of an idiom that isn’t even itself literally meaningful.
Mark Liberman agrees on the last point:
> If you think about it, “just as soon” isn’t exactly transparent. “…would equally early [Vb] …”? I don’t think so.