avoid vs prevent

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avoid vs prevent

Post by trolley » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:25 pm

I heard a local politician, this morning, proclaim " We have put measures in place to avoid this from happening again." Does that seem correct? Did he misspeak or is that some sort of poli-talk...something a little less than prevention? Now that I think about it, he may have said "to avoid this happening again" which sounds a little better, but still...
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Re: avoid vs prevent

Post by Phil White » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:41 pm

Given that the coexistence of the concept of "politician" and "truth", "integrity" or "logic" is a rare phenomenon, I do not see why the coexistence of the concepts "politician" and "linguistic accuracy" should be any more common.

In all seriousness, I suspect it was a simple slip. He had intended to say "prevent ... from", actually used "avoid" and still finished the sentence as if he had used "prevent". There is a term in discourse analysis that covers this kind of grammatical or semantic non sequitur, but it completely avoids me at the moment.
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