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AAARGH

*gets onto language geek soapbox*

There are two words. Rein. And reign. One refers to those straps that make a horse go where you want it to. The other refers to the rule of a monarch. Both can be used as either nouns or verbs.

When you "rein something in", you are metaphorically pulling on the straps to make the something slow down. YOU DO NOT "REIGN" SOMETHING IN. THIS MAKES NO SENSE.



Sorry for the rant, but I've seen this particular error half a dozen times today, and it's driving me batshit.

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jnanacandra
Oct. 9th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
I can understand it as an eggcorn if you're "giving someone free reign" - but "reign something in" changes the grammatical nature of the word, as "reign" in its proper form does not take a direct object; and thus it grates on me more.

And yeah, in 40 years it'll be commonly accepted, and I'll be one of the grumpy old farts talking about these kids with no respect for language and get the hell off my lawn!

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