do, v.i.

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Jan 17 16:41:52 UTC 2011


On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 5:17 PM, Dave Wilton <dave at> wrote:
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> Those who cannot do, teach.
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> Ronald Butters
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> Do unto others before they do unto you.
> Do as I might, I could not do enough.
> Still, I might have done.
> On Jan 17, 2011, at 9:00 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>> At the memorial service for Richard Holbrooke last week, Pres. Clinton
>> observed that "I loved the guy because he could do - doing in diplomacy
>> saves lives." Â He added, "He could do and do."
>> This reminds me of the Witch in Macbeth who says, "I'll do and I'll do and
>> I'll do." Â But many things remind me of the Witches n Macbeth.
>> The point is that that this usage, which Clinton may or may not have
> picked
>> up from the Witches, is something I can't recall ever hearing it in
> natural,
>> contemporary speech. Â The OED entry on "do" is so daunting that I haven't
>> checked adequately for its latest ex..The sense is sonething like "to
> carry
>> out one's intentions with effect; take effective action"
>> JL

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