Inner Prescriptivism

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 5 03:44:35 UTC 2005

>For the historical record, I heard that one in NYC in 1964-65. At
>that time, though, Ernest was not dead.

Ah, I just figured out that Jon was referring above to a *Tom
Swiftie* of the form "...only half in E(a)rnest", as opposed to one
of the form "only half in dead E(a)rnest", not to *Ernest*
[Hemingway] being not dead at that time, which he (as previously
noted) was.  A veil lifts.  And we can banish those gay necrophiliac
Tom Swifties I adduced earlier as immaterial to the purpose (charming
though they may have been).


>Michael McKernan <mckernan at LOCALNET.COM> wrote:
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>Dennis R. Preston wrote
>>the discovery of a closet preference for dead
>>white European male authors
>Can't help but be reminded of the infamous 'Tom Swiftie' which ends:
>'....said Tom, only half in dead Earnest.'
>Michael McKernan
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