violence = 'personal or social domination of any kind'

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 13 20:44:57 UTC 2010

On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 11:19 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> quoted:
> disapproved _of_

It's *alive*!

"I'm [some politician] and I approve [_0_] this message."

I'm Wilson Gray and I don't approve of of-Drop in that environment.

OTOH, if the pols are actually saying, but my somewhat-antiquated ears
are unable to hear it:

"I'm [some politician] and I _approveD_ this message"

Then, in the words of Albert Alligator,

"Oh. Well, that's all right, then."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
–Kathryn Schulz

The American Dialect Society -

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