IN a movie, ON TV

Hunter, Lynne R CIV SPAWARSYSCEN-PACIFIC, 71700 lynne.hunter at NAVY.MIL
Tue Oct 4 19:15:33 UTC 2011

And not on the mat?

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
Of Laurence Horn

Subject: Re: IN a movie, ON TV

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Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
Subject:      Re: IN a movie, ON TV

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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