Heard on tonight's Without a Trace

LanDi Liu strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 2 05:04:53 UTC 2008

Right. Exactly what I meant.  I'm not really familiar with "jump on" meaning
"fight with", but I have heard "jump" as a transitive verb meaning "to start
a fight with", e.g. two guys jumped me in the parking lot.

[LanDi Liu is my Chinese name arranged in western order.  In Chinese it's
刘蓝地 (liu2 lan2di4).  I wrote it that way when I started this gmail account,
but now I can't figure out how to change it.  I'm American, born in
Cincinnati, schooled in the northeast (Boston/NJ).]


On Sun, Mar 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:

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> I think Randy/LanDiu meant not that the expressions are
> interchangeable, but that they are about synonymous IN THE SENSE
> 'criticize (strongly and extensively)'. I understand them that way
> (too).
> m a m
> On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 3:25 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Well, clearly, _jumping all over_ is not the *same* as _jump on_. Can
> > "He _jumped all over her_ mean "He struck her" or "He punched her" or
> > "He beat her up"? I think not.
> >

Randy Alexander
Jilin City, China

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