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#1 2007-10-25 14:39:42

Registered: 2007-02-20
Posts: 19

"wage in on" for "weigh in on" or "wade in on"

A co-worker just said to me, “That’s quite a dilemma, and not one I’m going to wage in on.” I’ve found instances of it on the web: … iteid=mktw
Check back at on Wednesday when firebrand Martin Weiss of the Safe Money Report will wage in on the rate cut and its effect on deflation.
[probably for “weigh in”]
Religious leaders are often quick to wage in on the negative site for the video game debate but not so in this case.
[possibly for “wade in”]
War was also no longer limited to the combatting sides, for foreigners could wage in on one side or another and change completely the dynamics of the conflict.
[likely directly affected by “waging war”] … /1/2007/05
I’m going to take a risk here and wage in on a delicate topic that seems to pervade many of these postings
[could be weigh or wade] … -FTMBa.htm
We will wage in on the debate on the pros and cons of global sourcing (offshoring).
[probably for “weigh in”]

16,300 total ghits for “wage in on” but not all are examples of this usage—about 50%, by the look of the first couple of pages of results.

Last edited by sesquiotic (2007-10-25 14:40:11)



#2 2012-10-03 05:10:53

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2211

Re: "wage in on" for "weigh in on" or "wade in on"

Jan Freeman notes “wager the pros and cons.”



#3 2012-10-04 15:35:42

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1251

Re: "wage in on" for "weigh in on" or "wade in on"

Kem, “wage in on” is clearly bizarre in a good way, and “wager the pros and cons” is a credible eggcorn. They’re not related, are they, other than through ovulating the same acorn? I’m not quite sure what “wage in on” is. A simple malaprop for weigh? No, that wouldn’t explain it. A back-formation from wager?1 That would be delightful*, but wager doesn’t fit the sense of “weigh in on”. A reference to payment or salary or earnings – maybe like putting your two bits in? A long shot, but vaguely egg-shaped. There is none of the verb sense of “wage” as in “carry on”, “prosecute with prejudice”.

Ultimately, I’d wager it contains elements of all of the above, and that’s why I like it.

1 Hold on, they’re out there:

It isn’t my usual style to wager in on sensationalized topics but…

* I’m not enthusiastic about all back-formations. One that just came and smacked me upside the head last week was “incenting”, for motivating. Yurg.



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