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#1 2006-01-15 15:14:00

mckernan
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Registered: 2005-11-05
Posts: 2

fade(d/s) into the midst

‘Fade(d/s) into the midst.’ Eggcorn? ADS-L archives show a discussion last year of ‘mist’ as a potential eggcorn of ‘midst’ (exactly the reverse of the usage here), but no reports on ‘fade into the midst’ forms.

Google produced a number of interesting exx.
Many of these seem to me to be reanalysis.

A Mid Summer’s Dream
... Do you want this tranquil day to go on forever? Or do you want it to fade into the
midst of the past. I do feel strongly about you… You already know. ...
monolithictechnologies.com/poetry/index.php?poem=28 – 5k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages

It’s Official: Moonshine is making a comeback – CNN source …
Personally, I feel that the beverage is part of Our culture and shouldn’t fade
into the midst as a Lost art form. If you look at the BlueGrass Links section …
www.bluegrassjam.net/modules.php?op=modload& name=News&file=article&sid=30&mode=thread&... – 32k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages

The Ripper’s Realm -> BATTLE OF 2003
... MC BALL, BALLISTIC, SADOMASACHISTICS, EQUIPT WITH SLIT WRISTS, ATTACK AND FADE INTO
THE MIDST, I USE TELEKINETIKS TO ALTER HUMAN GENETICS, INTERCEPT MESSAGES …
www.ripthejacker.net/canibus/ index.php?showtopic=405&st=0 – 76k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages

OOTP Developments Forums – Is the Rutherford Era over?
... flame or fizzle, it Is with a Great deal Of sadness that I watch This Great
Pitcher fade into the midst Of other simply good pitchers. ...
www.ootpdevelopments.com/ board/archive/index.php/t-30926.html – 6k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages

bReAtHe` Me`: October 2004
one of us might fade into the midst of doubt, or even say the evils of goodbye.
but please remember, that whatever happens from now and eternity, ...
mushymeeh.blogspot.com/ 2004_10_01_mushymeeh_archive.html – 29k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages

Trite Remarks.
You’ll fade into the midst of blazers and pantsuits, tweed coats and scarves.
A couple pats on the back. Some random handshakes. Smiles all around. ...
www.triteremarks.blogspot.com/ 2005_06_01_triteremarks_archive.html – 64

Buena Boro
They faded into the midst. Do you remember, How long was the list. We once had
a bus line, And a taxi too. We could ride into Vineland, ...
buenaboro.org/history/ – 13k – Cached – Similar pages

And Talking to Mike today…
It got a little air play in England, and then faded into the midst of time.
And then I came home kind of weird and sobered. Mike: In the mid-seventies, ...
www.mikerimmer.co.uk/Randystonehill.htm – 94k – Cached – Similar pages

The Diet Moral According to Timmy Toad
But sadly, most of the time they wind up on a Diet Plateau, watching others live
their dreams while theirs fades into the midst. ...
www.weightlossgoddess.com/diet-timmy.html – 15k – Cached – Similar pages

W Speaks: a Letter from a Letter | The Rag
Therefore, until such time as this George UUalker Bush leaves office or otherwise
fades into the midst of Google’s cache, my name henceforth is pronounced …
therag.com/therag/?q=node/10 – 6k – Jan 11, 2006 – Cached – Similar pages

Italy: Yet another European travelog
... The rest of the night fades into the midst of house Chianti and more than a few
Southern Comforts; it was recorded only by a few snapshots I don’t really …
www.bigdis.com/rob/travel/europe99/chap-6.html – 14k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages

Advice… – page 2 – RPG Chat
... And epics become myths. People no longer know what really happened In this
Epic tale. Eventaully everything fades into The midst. Psynergy is offline …
forums.rpgchat.com/showthread.php?t=48206&page=2 – 125k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages

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#2 2006-01-15 21:35:33

patschwieterman
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From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

Re: fade(d/s) into the midst

In a couple of these, the substitution completely takes over the phrase; the writers aren’t just replacing “mist” with “midst,” but actually retooling the circumstances in which the idiom can be used. Take the fourth one, e.g.: one could “fade into the midst Of other simply good pitchers,” but using “mist” there would sound fairly weird and metaphysical. Same goes for the sixth: to say that someone “fades into the midst of blazers and pantsuits, tweed coats and scarves” makes sense—it suggests that they’re slowly lost to view among all these fashionable items. But these same articles of clothing would make a really lousy mist. A cool find.

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