I saw the phrase "by in large" in an online letter to the editor today. "By and large" is the way I've always written, said, and heard it.

Is this "in" version common?

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I saw the phrase "by in large" in an online letter to the editor today. "By and large" is the way I've always written, said, and heard it. Is this "in" version common?

I'd hope it's fairly rare, on the whole.

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"Maria Conlon" (Email Removed) wrote on 02 Jan 2004:
I saw the phrase "by in large" in an online letter to the editor today. "By and large" is the way I've always written, said, and heard it. Is this "in" version common?

It's merely an indication that the ignorant are less fearful of outing themselves in America's social crazy quilt of inclusiveness and diversity. Such linguistic luddites normally harmless alone and in pairs, but when they gather together in crowds, they can be pernicious.

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I saw the phrase "by in large" in an online letter to the editor today. "By and large" is the way I've always written, said, and heard it. Is this "in" version common? Maria Conlon

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I saw the phrase "by in large" in an online letter to the editor today. "By and large" is the way I've always written, said, and heard it. Is this "in" version common?

Common as muck.
I'm sure you know, as do the Hornblower / Ramage / Aubrey freaks that we're dealing with a nautical term from C17 meaning to sail with the wind near the beam. Whereas 'full and by' is sailing close-hauled to the wind.
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Franke:
It's merely an indication that the ignorant are less fearful of outing themselves in America's social crazy quilt of inclusiveness and diversity.

And here I thought Franke LIKED diversity! Hypocrite! So, dissing "ignorant" people is OK but criticising Asian racists is not? Maybe in Franke's world of make-believe.
Such linguistic luddites normally harmless alone and in pairs,

I think this clause needs a verb.
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I saw the phrase "by in large" in an online letter to the editor today. "By and large" is the way I've always written, said, and heard it. Is this "in" version common?

Far too common, judging by a quick Google. I found half a dozen on Google News too, and emailed the papers concerned.
Adrian
I saw the phrase "by in large" in an online ... written, said, and heard it. Is this "in" version common?

Far too common, judging by a quick Google. I found half a dozen on Google News too, and emailed the papers concerned.

If I'd thought you weren't streaks ahead, I'd have had another thing coming.

Mike.
I saw the phrase "by in large" in an online ... written, said, and heard it. Is this "in" version common?

I'd hope it's fairly rare, on the whole.

You mean "in the hole", Shirley?
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