to "course-correct"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 3 19:43:48 UTC 2011

On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
> 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.

Ut doesn't matter, then. I see. I'm reminded of the conflict in the
barracks, back in the day, between the supporters of _re-ing up_ and
the backers of _re-upping_.

Naturally, each side thought that the other side was *seriously*
compromised in its control of derivation in English.

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.
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