to "course-correct"

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Mon Oct 3 17:58:49 UTC 2011

On Oct 3, 2011, at 9:24 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
>> "course correction"
> But you can correct something's course. You can't free something's
> association or marry someone's gay.
> The structure's aren't parallel, are they?

the source expressions in two-part back-formation have all sorts of semantic relations between their parts, so the back-formed verbs are similarly all over the map.


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