IN a movie, ON TV

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Oct 4 19:07:47 UTC 2011

On Oct 4, 2011, at 1:32 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 9:54 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
>> Why is one IN a movie, but ON TV?
> And ON THE radio?
> Hearing people say, in like manner, "on _the_ TV" used to annoy me,
> when I was lucky enough not to have anything more pressing to be
> concerned about.
We used to enjoy telling people our cat was on the TV, which of course she was--literally.


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