ADS-L Digest - 26 Dec 1999 to 27 Dec 1999 (#1999-200)

Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Tue Dec 28 21:06:24 UTC 1999

The globetrotting Barry Popik wrote:

   In the spirit of "pitza" (pizza/pita) is the "nanwich" (nan bread sandwich).
This is from the VIETNAM INVESTMENT REVIEW, TIMEOUT, Nov. 15-21, 1999, pg. 3,
col. 1:

_"...a WHATwich?"_
   Do you ever find yourself sitting at your computer straddling the lunch time
fence between ordering a sandwich or a curry?

I seem to be seeing more and more of this "V between X or Y", where V means or
implies an exclusive choice (i.e., X or Y but not both). Is it spreading? Is it
just pedants like me who dislike it?

-- Dr. Whom: Consulting Linguist, Grammarian,
   Orthoepist, and Philological Busybody
   a.k.a. Mark A. Mandel

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