Talk You Up

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 12 16:35:24 UTC 2008

"Speak of the devil and he shall appear," to coin a phrase.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 8:07 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at> wrote:
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> This looks like a new case of V + up 'create or summon by V-ing'.
> Cf. "conjure up", "work up" (a proposal, etc.), "make up" (a story, etc.).
> Mark Mandel
> On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM, Gerald Walton <gww at> wrote:
>> Yesterday, while it was raining hard, I told people at an automobile
>> parts store I would return this morning for a battery. When I got to
>> the place today, a young woman said, "Well, we talked you up." I
>> asked the meaning, and she said, "Well, about fifteen minutes John
>> asked me whether that man had returned, and now here you are."
>> GWW
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