Conversate and basically

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jan 24 13:49:59 UTC 2001

>Has a paper on grammatical synesthesia ever been written?


>Conversate gets 668 hits on Alta Vista.
>It leaves a yucky taste in my mouth, though.
>Benjamin Barrett
>gogaku at
>>  -----Original Message-----
>>  Behalf Of Duane Campbell
>>  Sent: Monday, January 22, 2001 4:09 PM
>>  In the Ashcroft hearings Judge White used the word "conversate" for
>>  converse. I didn't think much about it -- a slip brought on by the
>>  pressures of lights, cameras and obstreperous Senators. But since then I
>>  have heard it twice more on C-SPAN call ins. (I don't have much of a
>>  life.) Is this a mistake or growing usage?

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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