… Georgetown University v. George Washington University snowball fight, in the Georgetown Voice.

Scathing Online Schoolmarm would, though, like to correct the following:

Once GWU began to flood the hill Georgetown students were standing on, the snowball fight digressed rapidly for the Hoyas.

Fights do not digress. People digress when they leave or lose the main point they were making in an argument. The writer might have meant deteriorated… ?

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  1. Dave Stone Says:

    I suspect the author meant “degraded,” though even that’s not quite le mot juste.

  2. Caelius Spinator Says:

    I think the author wanted to merge “degraded” and “regressed” and thought “digressed” split the difference.

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Interesting, Caelius. You might well be right.

  4. adam Says:

    … devolved? As when order devolves into chaos?

  5. Bonzo Says:

    Digression is the better part of valor.

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Hm. Yes, adam – you might have gotten closest to what the writer had in mind.

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