A reversal?

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Oct 20 12:31:15 UTC 2011

Just now overheard in an academic hallway (one female speaker addressing another, with predictable exaggerated fluctuations in pitch):  "I haven't seen you in like EVER!"

On might be tempted to analyze that exclamation as meaning 'I have never seen you', but (of course) it means 'It's been a long time since I last saw you'--as if some deletion has happened to an underlying (hyperbolic) "for<like>ever."


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