pet peeves

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jul 21 03:01:11 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 7:10 PM, victor steinbok wrote:
> BBC finally put up its list of 50 "offensive" or "irritating" Americanisms
> and it's every bit as ridiculous as was expected. Mark Liberman covered the
> initial article on LL and Pullum followed up with a post on the 50. It's
> hard not to read it without laughing...

Thanks, Victor, for a classic overnegation (and not just an Americanism).

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