precedent » president

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • “The designs created by him and his colleagues set a president in Victorian style.” (Artist Biographies)
  • “That case set a president in custody cases.” (link)

‘President’ is obviously seen as a word with connotations of importance… so ‘to set a precedent’, something would have to be important, or would at least be so after it was deemed a precedent, like a president. Also, perhaps, a reanalysis deriving from ‘presides.’

| link | entered by Sravana Reddy, 2005/03/26 |

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