Re:       "specializes in everything"

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Tue May 18 17:06:49 UTC 2004

In a message dated 5/18/04 12:44:15 PM, mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU writes:

> From today's Philadelphia edition of the Metro newspaper, page 5, column
> entitled "60seconds", interview with Robert Tuchman, founder and
> president, TSE Sports and Entertainment:
>         >>>
> [Q] What does your company do?
> [A] TSE is a company that specializes in everything from planning and
> managing sports entertainment programs to developing consumer
> promotions.
>         <<<
> The bleaching of "specialize in" to apparently mean nothing more than
> 'do' is nothing new. But I would like to confront this guy and ask him,
> "What do you MEAN by 'specialize'?!"
> -- Mark Mandel
> [This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]

I don't QUITE see the problem here. "Specializing in everything from X to Y" 
certainly leaves out a vast universe ending in X and beginning with Z. 

I found 2500+ cites for "Specializing in everything" with a Google search, 
though many of them were without the "from" (e.g., "specializing in everything 
Raggedy Ann and Andy").

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