_As_ replaced by _than_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 18 18:14:33 UTC 2011

On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu> wrote:
> i suspect that this is another case of the extension of "than" as the marker of the second element in constructions with the semantics of comparison (other examples discussed on this list a while back).

My thought, exactly. The effort that people put into messing things up
is phenomenal!;-)

OTOH, I don't think that strings like _real and larger than count_,
since the _than_ is immediately preceded by a comparative. That may be
a different, more-obvious phenomenon.


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