Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Neck and Neck When Dialing for Dollars on MPR

It's time for a pledge drive on Minnesota Public Radio, and therefore a chance to hear some nice extemporaneous speech errors!

Today, Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer said that listeners who gave $20 per month could help send a radio to someone in Haiti, but somehow she managed to use the phrase "in that neck of the world" when explaining it.

Illustration of a human neck with labels for the various muscles, but with an Earth globe replacing the human head
I think she realized she had misspoken, but of course, she continued on, as she should have. I suppose this usage isn't even exactly wrong; it's just not as colloquial as "neck of the woods."

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