failures of parallelism

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Fri Jul 9 21:05:19 UTC 2004

On Jul 5, 2004, at 1:23 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:

> ...How about these truly negative ones, just googled up for our
> viewing pleasure:
> consider password protecting that directory so that anyone can't come
> along
> and drop your tables
> "A customer will feel safer knowing that anyone
> can't just waltz into their place of business."
> But anyone can't solve that problem...
> The Reality as below: anyone can't do what they want to do/anyone
> can't be what they want to be/anyone can't say what they want to
> say/anyone can't feel what they want to feel
> Just anybody can't baptize anybody.
> People are looking for more substance in the music, but just anybody
> can't give
> it to them," Ice Cube told the Los Angeles Times
> But I still have to know the password so just anybody can't get on
> my desktop and start loading things.
> With the fiscal problems we have in Maryland, people are beginning to
> realize that
> just anybody can't be governor

"But anyone can't solve that problem" is a real baffler for me; i have
to stop and work out what someone might have been trying to convey by

the others are, to various degrees, better.  all except the first have
a "just" in them (and i understand the first as if it had a "just"),
which seems to improve things some, especially in the "just anybody"

i haven't tried to work out what's going on here; these are just gut

arnold (zwicky at

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