Positive _(al)though_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 16 19:57:40 UTC 2011

Have other people come across this phenomenon? Oddly, I don't think
that I've ever heard a spoken example of this. But it's become
annoyingly common in print. Here's an example from SI July 18, 2011,

"_Though_ the lightning had probably struck _within 50 yards_ of them,
[nevertheless,] electricity buckled their legs..."

Say what, now?
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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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