Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 24 17:58:29 UTC 2006

>From ZDNet:

"This morning, in a _before-the-bell_, in a press conference _giving_
by the two company's [sick! Uh, I mean "sic"] executives, ATi
president David Orton said ..."

There are some 490,000 some odd [How long has it been since "some odd"
was an everyday phrase? I'm not even sure how to write it, anymore.
Hyphenated? Not hyphenated?] googlits for the phrase in various
environments. It seems to mean something like "before the business day
officially  begins," perhaps influenced by the bell that starts the
school day and / or the bell that opens the stock market.

The hypercorrection of -en participles to -ing participles has become
endemic in both speech and writing. Sigh!

-Wilson Gray
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have
found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be
imposed upon them.

Frederick Douglass

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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