on the other hand

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Mar 5 18:01:58 UTC 2009

I gotta say, the purported Bushism "September the eleventh" sounds perfectly normal to me. (Not a proud fact, but Bush and I are both Texans--he considerabaly less so!)


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 12:38:52 -0500
>From: Victor <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject: Re: on the other hand>
>I did not ask because I was too lazy to do a Google search. In fact, the
>original source that I cited used "on the one side", which sounds
>radically bad to my ear. To be honest, I cringe when I hear "on the one
>side" as well, but it doesn't bother me quite as much as "on the one
>side". Somewhere in that neighborhood is the Bushism, "September the
>eleventh", which, to me, seems to be a blend. The former two are likely
>unrelated to the latter. Also, with respect to the latter expression, I
>most commonly hear it from non-native-English European speakers with
>rather good command of the language. You mileage clearly may vary on all

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