Early Citations for "Cool"
Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sat Oct 1 18:28:54 UTC 2005
On Oct 1, 2005, at 7:02 AM, sagehen wrote:
> arnold writes:
>> .............What makes it so cool/etc. is (that) he's going to
>> look just
>> like me.
>> or to a clearly paratactic "set-up + pay-off" construction, in which
>> you announce that you're going to supply some information and then
>> supply it:..........
> Joseph Henry Jackson, longtime book reviewer (for... the
> SFChronicle...) used this type of construction so much that it
> became a parodiable trait.
> "What makes this book so remarkable is the splendid quality of the
> writing" reappeared in various guises over and over in his reviews.
this is the first of the construction types mentioned above: the
ordinary english pseudocleft (but with an NP, rather than clausal,
pay-off). it can certainly become obtrusive if overused.
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