"exact(ual)ly" in Alice
Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sun Jan 23 02:13:22 UTC 2005
an exchange with a friend on the text of Alice... anyone have any
light to shed on "exactually"?
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at csli.stanford.edu>
> Date: January 22, 2005 6:04:21 PM PST
> To: Ann Burlingham <annb at panix.com>
> Subject: Re: [rec.arts.books.childrens] Re: Please ID this 1970's
> Children's Book
> On Jan 21, 2005, at 10:35 PM, you wrote:
>> From: lenona321 at aol.com (Lenona321)
>> Newsgroups: rec.arts.books.childrens
>> Subject: Re: Please ID this 1970's Children's Book
>> Date: 04 Jan 2005 17:08:52 GMT
>> “Let’s consider your age to begin with—how old are you?” asked the
>> White Queen.
>> “I’m seven and a half exactly,” said Alice.
>> “You needn’t say ‘exactly’,” the Queen remarked: “I can believe it
>> without that. Now I’ll give you something to believe. I’m just one
>> and one, five months and a day.”
>> (Oddly, some editions have the Queen saying "exactually." Can't
>> imagine why -
>> it doesn't strike me as typical Carrollian humor.)
>> i like "exactually." people in Google examples seem to use it
>> i must have an _annotated alice_ around here somewhere....
> curioser and curioser. the original Annotated Alice (1960) has
> "exactually", but More Annotated Alice (1990) has "exactly". neither
> has an annotation on this word.
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