intransitive "making"

A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Tue Nov 30 02:22:59 UTC 1999

"M. Lynne Murphy" wrote:
> Incidentally, this family also uses "shoot" to mean "give a shot to" in the
> context of "It's time to shoot the (diabetic) cat."  They're the 2nd family
> I've met who have a diabetic cat and use "shoot" this way.  So, maybe it's
> [diabetic-cat]-owner jargon.

My doctor, who may or may not own a diabetic cat, used "shoot" when referring to
giving me a shot.  In fact, I misunderstood her, and she had to clarify her
statement (before I would emerge from behind the chair :-)


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