revisiting "most un-"

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Mon Sep 9 17:10:40 UTC 2002

I've heard "most unfavorite" but only rarely. I didn't notice the ff and
simply read "following" so I guess I didn't notice its novelty.
As for "most un-" being innovative, it seems most unlikely to me.

maberry at

On Mon, 9 Sep 2002, Bethany K. Dumas wrote:

> On Mon, 9 Sep 2002, James A. Landau wrote:
> >P.S.  Youir use of "ff" for "following" implies that you appreciate novelty
> >in English usage,
> Or that I have been to graduate or professional school - or both!
> >which appears to contradict your concern with someone >else's use of the
> non-standard/innovatinve "most unfavorite".>
> Huh? I do not follow you. I have no <concern> with other speakers' usage -
> but I often notice and record it, especially when it appears to shed
> light on patterns of variation. And please note that I have not labeled
> this pattern - in my experience, there is no innovation involved - I hand
> long heard it.
> Bethany

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