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Chris -- 2015-05-30
“Being invested with something” and “being infested with something” have strikingly different connotations – the former’s usually associated with positive (or at least desirable) qualities like meaning, power, and control, and the latter’s associated with parasites or corruption. But they do share certain semantic parallels: they both refer to qualities that are imposed from without, and both investment and infestation have a tendency to define one’s identity. I can’t be sure, however, that these aren’t just typos – “f” and “v” are right next to each other on the keyboard. This is obviously hard to search for, but seems pretty rare. Examples:
Institutions are ‘infested with meaning’ and ‘meaning’ is not a category that can be quantified.
http://dpc.uba.uva.nl/cgi/t/text/text-i … ;view=text
Demythologization and the new hermeneutic proclaim, of course, that the document must be infested with significance by us.
http://www.frame-poythress.org/poythres … allNew.htm
Further in, there are more incredible photographic instances infested with the power to disturb.
http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andr … ecember_19
Kate Moss is dating a shrunken, sweaty, hobbit infested with the power of the Ring.
http://shhville.wordpress.com/2006/08/1 … y-spoiler/
Intriguing as the alternative imagery may be, I fear you may be right about the typos; googling “invested by” various vermin yields the following solitary examples…
No Member shall allow any Developed Property to become invested by vermin or insects. 2. BUILDING RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS …
This apt was disgusting – it was totally invested by roaches. They were in the walls and nothing could be done. Couldn’t even put my dishes/glasses/utentils …
www.apartmentratings.com/rate/ FL-Jacksonville-Southern-Pines-Apartments-230621.html – 43k – Cached
Its leaves are used to prevent rice to be invested by insects. I did not find anything about use as fertilizer. Hope this helps. Regards, Percy van Kanten _ …
www.ibiblio.org/london/orgfarm/biocontrol/neem.info – 18k – Cached
Linda’s home is totally invested by rats, while pensioner Joy was rudely awoken when a car smashed into her bungalow. ...
www.homeandhealthtv.co.uk/_listings/listing. shtml?action=schedule&channel_code=HHUK&language_code… – 47k – Cached
A search on “invested with” various vermin rather than “invested by” returns quite a few, rather than solitary results. Though perhaps it’s just become more popular in the time since the last post – there are plenty for “invested by” as well.
Google search: “invested with bedbugs”
There seem to be three uses for the word “investation”:
For infestation: “Caution-Bed Bug Investation”
For investigation: “police investation in davy jones death”
For investment: “How to Invest In Gold for Your Business Investation”
(note last link is to a site which may be invested with spam.)
Another hit today on facebook. There are hundreds of souls out there who think that piranha, crocodiles and sharks invest heavily in certain waters. Or a felicitous typo.