December 16, 2004

As opposed to a barn-turner

Not an eggcorn, really, but just an old-fashioned malaprop -- a blurb for a recent All Things Considered review reads:

In his new novel about a global-warming information conspiracy, Michael Crichton gives us a 600-page "page-burner" bolstered by footnotes, charts and graphs. Reviewer Alan Cheuse reviews State of Fear.

I suspect they may have Michael Crichton confused with Salman Rushdie.

Posted by Geoff Nunberg at December 16, 2004 01:58 AM