"wide asleep"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 28 19:05:57 UTC 2008

At 9:25 AM -0800 12/28/08, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky reports that her daughter Opal (age 4)
>says that when she is deeply asleep she is "wide asleep".  makes
>sense, though it's not idiomatic.
>turns out that there's a big pile of google hits for "wide
>asleep" (including for a 2002 movie of that name), in a wide variety
>of senses.  my favorite is its use for a baby sleeping with its eyes
>wide open.
If Stanley ("Eyes Wide Shut") Kubrick hadn't died (--almost 10 years
ago! Time does fly), he could have made a sequel.


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