"exact(ual)ly" in Alice
sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Sun Jan 23 17:56:34 UTC 2005
My copy of Alice (New York; The Macmillan Company; 1922) has:
' "You nedn't say 'exactually,' " the Queen remarked. ' [p. 100]
The printing history on the verso of the title page suggests that this text
was taken from the "New edition September 1906." The printing is credited
to the Norwood Press, Berwick & Smith Co, Norwood, Mass., but I think the
plates were probably those of the earlier Macmillan (London) printing.
>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
>>> ìLetís consider your age to begin withóhow old are you?î asked the
>>> White Queen.
>>> ìIím seven and a half exactly,î said Alice.
>>> ìYou neednít say ëexactlyí,î the Queen remarked: ìI can believe it
>>> without that. Now Iíll give you something to believe. Iím just one
>>> and one, five months and a day.î
>>> (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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