in a poistion; holy crapsticks

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sun Dec 16 13:01:38 UTC 2007

This is the "bad" deletion rule; applies to attitude, situation,
position, mood, feeling, etc...


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>Subject:      in a poistion; holy crapsticks
>Just watched Sci-Fi Channel's TV movie, _Showdown at Area 51_
>(2007).  At one point, a character says, "Don't put me in a
>   I.e., a difficult or unpleasant relational position with respect
>to somebody else. (The speaker was reluctant to have to place the
>hero under arrest.)  Cf. the earlier and precisely parallel
>narrowing of "situation" into "bad situation."
>   Another character had occasion to exclaim later, "Holy
>crapsticks!" which is a new one on me.
>   JL
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Dennis R. Preston
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