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50 Mistreated Words and Desecrated Phrases: Extract Revenge

Grr. This phrase is ill-gotten at best.

When revenge hits the mark, it’s not extracted, but exacted.

Extract actually means “to remove,” so extracting revenge might refer to removing vengeance, not applying it. 

Extract can also be a flavoring for culinary purposes. In my kitchen cupboard, for example, I have almond extract, peppermint extract, and vanilla extract.

Right or wrong, revenge aims at exactness, not extraction.

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