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Chris -- 2018-04-11
Hey there, Blandford…
I don’t know for sure (I defer to my eggcorn elders here), but this sure seems to be eggcorn material. The image and meaning are there (a knife for a knife makes perfect metaphorical sense). I just don’t know how widespread this understanding of the phrase might be.
Feeling quite combobulated.
Blandford seems to have flown the coop. I’m guessing that he had submitted “a knife for a knife << an eye for an eye”. Good one, that turns the equal exchange of body parts into equal measures, or weapons, of retribution.
I have talked with some black and Asian inmates serving time in prison for such [non-white-on-white] crimes; most [attempt to] justify their actions as collective retribution for attacks on “their people”. A knife for a knife, they think, will make for a better world.
I only found these two hits, so it’s not clear that it is not intentional.
Yes, a beauty.
Blandford left and took all his posts with him. Curious.
I can still recover most of his posts through the Wayback Machine. But this particular post seems to have been missed by the Internet Archive.
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.