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Ask Marilyn: Growing Catnip and the Economy
A. Leery of Phoenix, Oregon, writes:
Marilyn: Does the phrase "grow the economy" make anyone else's ears bleed like it does mine?
Welcome to the club! I'm all in favor of grammar simplification, but this example sounds juvenile—as if one is rewording the phrase "expand the economy" for a child. Not that a child would know the word "economy." So using the phrase seems to be talking down to adults.