New coinage?

Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Mon Aug 8 22:14:55 UTC 2005

Unfortunately I don't remember now whether this was in Ohio or Tennessee,
but my wife attended a presentation of some sort by a local policeman, who
answered a question from the audience by saying, "As long as you don't
reckless-drive" (stress on the "reckless").

Peter McGraw

--On Monday, August 08, 2005 5:06 PM -0500 "Gordon, Matthew J."
<GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU> wrote:

> I had a similar reaction upon hearing "recess appoint" recently.
> e.g. Sen. Reid was quoted as saying "The reason Bolton is being recess
> appointed is ..."
> -Matt Gordon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Wilson Gray
> Sent: Mon 8/8/2005 4:49 PM
> Subject:      Re: New coinage?
> Really?! I'm astonished! For me, such a form is just barely English.
> Clearly, I'm going to have to expand my grammar to include these - to
> me - odd-ball formations. I've heard such forms before and even made
> some up, but, heretofore, I considered them to be nonce-formations
> thrown into a conversation for laughs. What caught my attention in this
> case was the fact that the speaker clearly wasn't just trying to be
> funny. Needless to say, I find nothing strange about forms like
> "name-calling."
> -Wilson

Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
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