for all you zeugmaphiles out there...

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 16 16:54:17 UTC 2004

At 12:22 PM -0400 7/16/04, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>Metaphorically or even semantically (and in some cases grammatically)
>distinct conjoinings are always interesting. I once had an MA
>candidate years ago who did an experimental (grammaticality judgment)
>survey, beginning with such absurdities as "He looked up her number
>and then the stairwell." I remember being surprised at the number of
>things found acceptable which we thought would be ruled out,
>particularly the conjoining of these verb+particle and verb+PP forms
>(which I find very ugly, although I'm not really happy with some of
>the metaphoric conjoinings either - "He climbed the ladder of success
>and his back stairs all in one day").

One of my favorite non-elliptical zeugmas could have been turned into
a similar reduced form but for the exigencies of meter:

She blew my nose and then [she blew] my mind.

--Jagger & Richard (1971)


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