I was browsing the New Zealand Herald today and came across this report of a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann. That story is so horrible. Along with the Jamie Bulger case, it’s one of my recurring parental ‘nightmares’ and I use it to frighten myself into increased alertness and vigilance. But let that be; that’s not really why I’m posting. The article includes the phrase ‘have sought fit’, which caught my attention. I’m sure they mean, ‘have seen fit’ or ‘saw fit’, but evidentally, it is not a unique mistake. Google reveals about 6920 hits for the phrase (as compared with 4,060,000 for ‘have seen fit’ and 4,130,000 for ‘saw fit’). Is it just a spelling mistake or might people have learned it that way?
Perhaps the incidence of ‘sought fit to’ can be attributed to tripping over the tongue and merging ‘saw fit’ and ‘thought fit’. On the other hand, the fact that people actually also ‘seek fit to’ suggests that that is the initial error and saying ‘sought fit to’ is just a matter of consistency.