"have ever been"

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Wed Sep 13 16:03:13 UTC 2006

I agree with Troy:

My instinct is that Wilson is on to something. THere's something about that
McCarthy quote that has filtered down through pop-culture and may be
influencing such formulations.

Arguably, there are but a handful of moments when the American public
concentrates on language to an extent where this could be demonstrated,
however this seems to be one.


-- Mark
[This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]

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

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