a whole other question

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Thu Oct 10 00:43:50 UTC 2002

On Wed, 9 Oct 2002, Peter Richardson wrote:

>Isn't the "a whole nother" business an example of infixing, or has that
>notion been discarded by now? When I hear the "whole nother" I think

That's my take.

>And as long as that question has come from Texas: Has there been talk of
>slapping the "Don't mess with Texas" on license plates? I was astonished
>to hear, during my last visit to Houston, that that admonition isn't meant
>to be as belligerent as it sounds (i.e. "Don't fool with me or I'll slap
>you upside a the head"), but rather to ask people not to litter
>the pristine Texas landscape. True?

ALso my take.

Bethany, native Texan and native speaker of whole nother (and other

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