Sheidlower in NY Times/"so"

Mai Kuha mkuha at BSUVC.BSU.EDU
Sat Aug 19 17:09:18 UTC 2000

On Sat, 19 Aug 2000 jester at PANIX.COM wrote:

> Well, what was awkwardly quoted in the article is what I do
> believe: what distinguishes this "so" from others is is use
> to modify things that do not normally take modification. There
> can be degrees of famousness, but there can't be degrees of
> "fifteen minutes ago" (e.g. "That's so fifteen minutes ago!") or
> the like. (...)

So far, it seems to me that the new SO occurs only after an auxiliary. Any
counter-evidence, anyone?

Mai Kuha                  mkuha at
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Ball State University

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