the precisely Adj N

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed May 27 18:47:39 UTC 2009

At 5/27/2009 12:49 PM, Alison Murie wrote:
>On May 27, 2009, at 12:14 PM, Randy Alexander wrote:
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>>Poster:       Randy Alexander <strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM>
>>Subject:      the precisely Adj N
>>Just saw this in a NYT article:
>>"By the time the children go to bed, I am as drained as any mother who
>>has spent her day working, car pooling, building Lego castles and
>>shopping for the precisely correct soccer cleat."
>>(Quoted sentence is on the second page.)
>>I would have to change that to "precisely the correct soccer cleat".
>What am I missing here?  "the precisely correct soccer cleat" sounds
>okay to me (aside from being a rather startling idea).

You're missing othing, I think, Alison.  "The precisely correct
soccer cleat" is the one that fits perfectly.  Think Industrial
Revolution and interchangeable parts.


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