Issue 136, page 3
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Bruce Yanoshek (about to become more than a guestmudgeon!) has a regime to complain about
We know what you mean, though we must point out that the OED has, as its first definition of regime, the word regimen with the meaning "the regulation of such matters as have an influence on the preservation or restoration of health; a particular course of diet, exercise, or mode of living, prescribed or adopted for this end; a course of treatment employed for the cure of a wound." So at least the OED, the supreme English resource, believes the words to be interchangeable in that sense. However, we suspect, as you do, that many people don't realize this and are, in fact, confusing regime "government" with regimen "course of diet, exercise", etc.
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