more nouning in ads

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Oct 23 18:30:17 UTC 2011

"My want to" (or "My want-to") has been around for a while.  (My "want to" is waning/gone/...)  Ditto "your want-to", as in "When your want-to is broken,…"
Not as poetic as "My get-up-and-go has got up and went" perhaps, but them's the breaks.


On Oct 23, 2011, at 1:55 PM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:

> Fill your day with more want to and less have to.
>  (ad for Hilton HHonors, Atlantic Nov. 2011, p. 31)
> _want to_ and _have to_ as mass nouns
> arnold
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> The American Dialect Society -

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