as ADJ of a N as
Joanne M. Despres
jdespres at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Wed Feb 18 20:32:28 UTC 2004
On 18 Feb 2004, at 14:06, Joan Houston Hall wrote:
> DARE treats it at "of" section B, subsection g. It's pretty well
> scattered, but somewhat more common in the South.
DARE sees this as "probably a remodeling of the order adj + indef
art + noun by analogy with the common pattern noun + "of" + indef
art + noun (as in "a whale of a deal" or "not much of a bargain").
FWIW, the Collegiate describes a use of "of" very similar to the
one in last-mentioned DARE examples: that of "a function word to
indicate apposition <that fool of a husband>"
Joanne M. Despres, Senior Editor
jdespres at merriam-webster.com
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