Loses Something -- But Not Color -- In Translation: "A Real Boom"

Lynne Murphy m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK
Wed May 7 17:35:16 UTC 2008

--On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 7:51 pm -0400 Laurence Horn
<laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> At 6:53 PM -0400 5/6/08, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> Doug writes:
>> "... fathering seven children _with_ her ..."
>> <Sigh!> What ever happened to those days of yore when a man fathered a
>> child _upon_ a woman? It seems that the more recent term loses a lot
>> WRT descriptiveness. :-)

I've been having a problem with the BBC description of the situation--'she
bore him seven children'.  Sounds like something voluntarily done, as a


Dr M Lynne Murphy
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