"contemptuous" = "contemptible"

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sun Sep 3 19:56:44 UTC 2006

On Sep 3, 2006, at 10:48 AM, Jon Lighter wrote:

> Thanks, Arnold.  A perfect example of an aggregate of individual
> usages that most likely combine both direct-line oral survivals and
> repeated independent reinventions.

yes.  i think there's a lot of that going around.

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