New coinage?

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Tue Aug 9 14:52:09 UTC 2005

Reminds me of a posting of mine back in April after having heard
"backslided" spoken by some gov't functionary on NPR.

>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
>******************* pmcgraw at ****************************

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