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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2005-11-13 15:38:12

Registered: 2005-10-29
Posts: 9

petty-ante for penny-ante

From Los Angeles Times Op-Ed columnist, Max Boot : “Making the best of a weak hand, Democrats argued that the case was not about petty-ante perjury…” I can get about one per column from this writer, but I won’t bore you with all of them. This one does seem to qualify as an eggcorn, because the intended meaning of “penny-ante” (small-time or two-bit) jibes with the mistaken form, “petty-ante” pretty well. I am chagrined to say that this writer gets paid to mangle the English language and has apparently never played poker. “Petty-ante” got about 404 Google hits; perhaps it is catching on.



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