I lately lost a preposition

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 9 22:16:09 UTC 2008

What is DD? If it's someone's initials, isn't this a slip for "preceded"?

On Feb 7, 2008 9:40 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

>  From the Dictionary of National Biography (recent print edition):
> "[Joseph] Hall proceeded DD in ...".
> Joel
> At 2/5/2008 12:03 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> >At 1/29/2008 08:33 PM, sagehen wrote:
> >>More prepositions lost; this time on The World (BBC/WGBH) news program.
> Brit
> >>newsreader used the expression "agree a sthg" twice,  rendering what I'd
> >>have thought an intransitive verb transitive.  A minute or two later, th
> e
> >>American newsreader used "agree" with /to/ or /with/  or /on/  (I don't
> >>remember which as we usually do. Is this prepositionless "agree" now the
> >>norm in Britain?
> >
> >I just wrote, in an email message but I would probably also in a
> >letter, "I would want to make any agreed changes myself."  And I'm in
> America.
> >
> >Joel
> >

Mark Mandel

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