"all but" = all of; a mere"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 6 18:04:03 UTC 2008

For me too. It looks to me as if arnold is assuming an ironic use, or
inferring it, possibly from the 'only' sense of "but" (with or without
negation). Arnold?

m a m

On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 12:32 PM, Dennis Preston <preston at msu.edu> wrote:
> Odd that arnold finds this reading of "all but there" days to suggest
>  that it was less than expected. For me, the expectation is just the
>  opposite; not only that it was three full days but that it should
>  have taken less. What are we missing here?
>  dInIs

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