Olive Garden Repents!

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 14 17:59:59 UTC 2011

That's why we're so culinary-advanced.

But isn't this formation (adjective + past participle) on
the extraordinarily weird side?

I can remember (1983 it was) when "user-friendly" first made me gag.

This is worse, because it's even more crazily succinct.  But at least it
lacks the adspeak insinuation that a structure of circuits and
microprocessors wants to be friendly - to you or any other being of flesh
and blood.


On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 9:42 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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> > Well, it certainly worked for "pepperoni", which was a similar American
> invention "rooted in the Italian inspiration... chefs draw from when
> developing these dishes".
> >
> So, pepperoni is as American as apple pie and chop suey? Good to know.
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