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Chris -- 2011-03-08
You’d think this was bad spelling but it’s to be found in otherwise well-spelled contexts:
If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follow soot.
This is not a case of imposing your ideas on others – this is a matter of LIFE and DEATH to thousands of human beings. If humanity has temporarily lost its senses with regards to abortion, why should we follow soot.
Spell-checker? You might expect there to be hits for “soot or number” and there’s only one.
But then again, what are the semantics? Following the sooty footprints?
It is quite surprisingly common. It looks like another case where an idiom derived from a game has become obscure and open to reinterpretation. I doubt that the perps have a clear interpretation for ‘following soot’. The only instance I found that made sense was from 1855 (I almost wrote 18ff). It looks like an intentional bon mot, however.
Last edited by burred (2011-02-09 15:36:33)