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#1 2006-04-13 18:27:52

tmcd@panix.com
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"Pass and review" for "pass in review"

Potomic News (“Prince William County’s [Virginia] Only Local Daily Newspaper”), April 13, 2006, front page, caption below main photo:

Outgoing commander of Quantico Marine Corps base Col. James M. Lowe, right, and incoming commander Col. Charles A. Dallachie salute during the Pass and Review of the Change of Command Ceremony held aboard the base Wednesday. ...

My father is a retired 1st Sergeant who had been stationed at Marine Barracks Washington DC (8th and I, where they do lots of ceremonies) and he says that he wrote enough of them to know that it’s “Pass in review”. Indeed, the official 8th and I Web page at <http://www.mbw.usmc.mil/Newmbw/> has “Pass in Review” as a front-page menu choice: it’s an occasional official newsletter.

It’s a minor technical term, but it looks like it is an eggcorn nonetheless.

(Hmmm, just noticed “aboard the base”.)
—Tim McDaniel, tmcd@panix.com

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