Fwd: Phrase inquiry: "Spanish news"
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 14 01:59:26 UTC 2001
At 9:19 AM -0500 12/14/01, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>I can't find anything. Maybe some commentator on Tennessee Williams has
>elucidated this. I found two other instances on the Web which are exactly
>analogous, possibly copied from Williams' usage: they add nothing.
Well, if anyone else wants to speculate, here are the three hits I
found for "piece of Spanish news", all from dramatic (not to say
soap-operatic) dialogue, each supporting Doug's characterization that
they seem to be cloned from T.W.'s use.
(This last one is particularly close to "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in
ambience, if not quality. But it's still interesting to me that this
collocation could be slipped into even as many as four scenes with no
I tried "Spanish news", but that fetched too many irrelevant hits of
actual Spanish news.
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