"Us ourselves"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 24 21:31:53 UTC 2008

In Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 10:48 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> True, Mark, but we merely said that such forms seem strange, not that
> we couldn't understand them.
> -Wilson

Yeah. I was just trying to point out a similarity: The established emphatic
us of "X X-self/selves" can also be expressed as "no other than X" in its
idiomatic sense, as CGEL does; while this unfamiliar use is equivalent to
"no other than X" in its literal sense. I guess I should've said it that way
in the first place.

Mark Mandel

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

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