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Chris -- 2015-05-30
David T recently misled us to the column on misles by Geoffrey Pullum (the link is ). Among the many gems in the list of unguided misles is riverbed as the past tense of riverb. This brought to mind something from the back shelf of my aching larder: riverberation. While it could just be a misspelling, it evokes an echoing flow of sound, maybe bouncing off of the banks. Not too common. The third hit makes you wonder whether “berated” plays a role as well.
It was a breath-taking sight. The sound of traditional chanting river-berated along both banks of the river which were crowded with people waiting to see the event. The rhythmic barge songs still survive, varying in pace to match the different speeds and strokes of the oarsmen.
The next is a strange silicism. It’s hard to know whether this was the original text of the 1911 newspaper. Unfortunately, the link is so unruly, it cannot be posted at all – if you’re interested, you’ll have to do your own search for parts of the text.