Mr Lanier strikes again.
When I came across the sentence, «The strangeness is being leached away by the mush-making process» in *You Are Not A Gadget* I thought at first that I’d stumbled across a typo that had escaped the editor’s eye. I expected that he meant *leeched* as in, sucked away as though by a parasite. While this would have made enough sense, Lanier’s choice indeed seems more appropriate.
Fortunately, I thought for a moment about who was more likely to get the usage right, myself or Jaron Lanier. Since two *Lexical geekery* entries have previously been entered from the first fifty pages of this book (and I’ve bookmarked a third encountered before this one) it seemed prudent to check the dictionary before proceeding.