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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2017-04-08 12:41:18

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2154

cause of action < course of action

What is the best cause of action to take if you feel like you are not valued at your place of work?

As your eyecare professional we can detect Glaucoma at its early stages and advise you on the best cause of action

If a member of your team falls sick mid-trek, and you are rather far from the closest amenity, what is the best cause of action to ensure the safety of the individual as well as the team?

when your pain reaches those higher levels, finding something to take your mind off it might actually be a better cause of
action. But mindfulness helps.

It seems reasonably widespread.

There is a valid legal term “cause of action” that is probably being used in many cases where this error might be suspected: it means “fact(s) that would enable/justify you bringing an action against somebody else”.

It is eggcorny if people are thinking “the best way to get you doing something useful”, “the considerations most likely to get you off your duff”, “the desired outcome/purpose most likely to get you to act in the most helpful way”, or something of the sort.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#2 2017-04-12 12:13:10

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2601

Re: cause of action < course of action

The context makes the eggcorn. I suspect “cause” and “course” are widely substituted. There are a number of examples of “par for the cause” in place of “par for the course,” as in this:

HuffPost blog: “As the child of alcoholic parents, it was par for the cause that I would be drawn to the stuff myself, at toxic levels”

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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