Mimi Harrington harringt at ZINNIA.NLM.NIH.GOV
Wed Jun 14 08:44:25 CDT 2000

I believe it is a figure of speech. In this case it is (I think) an enallage. An
effective, intentional grammatical mistake.

m harrington

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>From: Bernarr Kumashiro <bkumash at ELELE.PEACESAT.HAWAII.EDU>
>Subject: Blooper
>Speaking of bloopers,  I  always had a hard time comprehending the phrase
>"He was at the wrong place, at the wrong time".
>Shouldn't it be:
>He was at that (particular) place at the wrong time.
>He was at the wrong place at that (particular point in) time.  ????
>Or was it just meant to be a tricky phrase?
>Bernarr Kumashiro
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