"Plume in his vestments"

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Fri May 15 13:57:26 UTC 2009

On May 15, 2009, at 6:22 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> From the review by Wesley Morris of the movie "Angels & Demons", "g"
> magazine, May 15, 2009, page 7, col. 1:
> "OK, no movie whose climax includes a man of God plume, in his
> vestments, from the sky with a parachute is entirely serious."
> Either seriously asyntactic, or very clever (but still asyntactic)?

there is an intransitive verb "plume" (a verbing of the noun "plume",
as in "plume of smoke"), but i can't make that work in this context.


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