Re: Re: On 'versus' as a Verb (another cross-post from Linguist List)
Ittaob at AOL.COM
Wed Dec 22 19:06:42 UTC 2004
In a message dated 12/22/04 1:14:34 PM, laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:
> Is that really the same reanalysis, though? He wouldn't have said
> "It's the Yankees play the Red Sox"; the form above seems more like a
> clipping but not an actual back-formed verb as in the more recently
> attested cases. Could he have said "It's the Yankees versing the Red
He may not have said "It's" -- he has certainly said, "The Yankees verse the
Red Sox tomorrow."
OTOH, he has never said, to my recollection, "versing", in any context. So I
don't know if it's the same.
sjb72 at columbia.edu
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