Saturday, January 28, 2006
As a frequent HGTV viewer, I've noticed the use of the term "change out," and I wonder how this term came to be used. As far as I can tell, "change out" means the same as "change"--as in, "Next, we'll change out these old tattered slipcovers for these trendy new ones." Wouldn't "change" work just as well?
I checked the Merriam Webster and American Heritage dictionary websites, and neither of them notes this phrasal verb form. Anyone know its genesis?
Note: I'll be especially concerned if students start talking about the legislature's changing out a former statute for its amended version!!