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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Not Kosher for Passover

Weird line from the New York Times:

"Graduates heard a similar message at hundreds of colleges this spring, as commencement orators — including actors, executives, poets and heads of state — leavened their congratulatory messages with acknowledgment of the bleak marketplace outside campus."

To me this seems like a novel use of the word "leavened."


Blogger Grobstein said...

Nah dude. This is common, though a little bizarre. Examples.

The OED sez:

2. fig. (Cf. LEAVEN n. 2.) To permeate with a transforming influence as leaven does; to imbue or mingle with some tempering or modifying element; {dag}rarely, to debase or corrupt by admixture.

And cites an example from 1550.

2:33 PM  
Blogger James said...

All right, so maybe not novel - but, I feel, inapt.

10:14 PM  

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