The Compulsive Copyeditor

February 6, 2012

Usage Find of the Day

Filed under: Usage Find of the Day — amba12 @ 1:03 pm

Don’t you just love it when a mistake—in this case, a conflation of two expressions—creates something better than the original? From an essay by a science writer:

Evolution has beaten us to the punch line.

That’s so good I wondered for a moment if it was intentional. If it had been in reference to human anatomy, I would’ve been sure of it.  From the context, however, I’m pretty sure it’s just a happy mistake.

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