Unsubscribe me please

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 18 01:07:22 UTC 2011

At 4:30 PM -0500 1/17/11, Garson O'Toole wrote:
>  >From the most well-known sage of the previous century:
>Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.
>Yoda: No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.
>The contrast with "try" indicates that this "do" refers to effective
>action. Or as Jon requests "the sense is something like 'to carry out
>one's intentions with effect; take effective action'"
>This is natural contemporary, speech on the swamp planet Dagobah.

Natural, yes.  But contemporary?  If it's *future* speech, it doesn't
necessarily represent the *present* state of the the language!

At 5:58 PM -0500 1/17/11, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>My gosh, I thought once you were in, you were in all the way, from your
>first cigarette to.... Oh, right. Nobody smokes any more.

That's just the Jets, and we saw yesterday how that loyalty pays off.


>On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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>  > Two in one day?!!!

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