Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Jan 24 16:49:27 UTC 2005
On Jan 24, 2005, at 2:36 AM, neil quoted:
> "Now," she murmured, sliding her hand down his back to his hirsute ass.
> She pulled at the firm, muscles of his rear, feeling the coarse,
> affluent hair stiffen under her smooth palms.
> -Alex Ayers, 'The Soldier's Wife', Greenleaf Classics, San Diego, 1969
one annoying characteristic of malapropisms is that they tend to block
the reader's (or hearer's) attempts at retrieving the right word in the
context -- the word the writer (or speaker) *should have used*.
by the way, was there really a comma between "firm" and "muscles"?
arnold, marveling at the conflict in tone between "hirsute" and "ass"
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