lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Fri Jan 14 16:45:19 UTC 2000
Hi all--I'm back on-line. Coming to you live from the UK.
> I haven't heard this one, but I heard something else new (to me) the other
> night, on "Law and Order" (which I watched for the first time and just "on
> accident"): A young girl accused of murder said of her victim, "He just
> went dead"--as if on accident. I'm reminded of the old "He up and died,"
> also as if accidentally. Is "went dead" familiar to others?
Well, certainly phones and electrical things can 'go dead', but not people
--for me, at least. (perhaps this indicates a certain psychopathology in the
accusee!) The only reason I could see for saying this of a person is if you
were doing a sort of metonymy regarding the heart monitor or life support
system. E.g., "I was watching him on the monitor, and all of a sudden he went
dead, so I started CPR."
As for 'on accident'--it seems to me that my brothers and i used this all the
time as kids in the 1970s. It's analogous (and antonymous) to 'on purpose').
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