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Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Fri Feb 20 18:46:48 UTC 2004
On Feb 20, 2004, at 10:38 AM, Bethany K. Dumas wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Feb 2004, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>> I think Arnold is right about the split in attitudes toward this
>> usage. I've never used the "of a" structure and don't like it, but
>> become more tolerant of it. Is it possibly age-related? I don't
>> being aware of it as a kid, but now I hear it everywhere.
> I've heard it all my life.
MWDEU's cites go back only to 1942-43. i suspect this could be
improved on, but probably by years rather than decades.
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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