Immigration enforcers doing their thing, politicians cheering them on, reported by CNN.com:
- Authorities haled the sweep at food processing plants in six cities as a record-setting operation.
These authorities probably actually hailed the sweep. Cheered for it, approved it enthusiastically.
There are four kinds of hale in our English-speaking world:
- You can hale a cab — which is to yell at the driver.
- You can be hale and hearty — healthy and robust.
- You can live in a Hawaiian hale, a simple thatched-roof dwelling — although you pronounce it HAH-lee.
- Or you can be Nathan Hale (1755–76) — and be hanged by the redcoats for spying.
Only one of these four is a verb. So if you hale the sweep at food processing plants, it’s like asking the sweep for a ride to Times Square. Not gonna happen. Unless, possibly, you’re Caucasian and documented.