Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 9 19:58:22 UTC 2008

On Feb 9, 2008 2:43 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

> But seriously, why isn't ""There are amazing abandonments in America"
> simply OED "1. The action of relinquishing to another, of giving up,
> letting go, forsaking"?
Because it's used in parallel with, and in contrast to, "abandoned

America :
  amazing :
former Soviet Union :
   (some of the most) interesting, unique and strange :
      abandoned buildings

Mark Mandel

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

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