Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Sep 4 23:33:23 UTC 2011

On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 6:20 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
> 2. "sooner than later":
> There was this story breaking about Oklahoma zeroing in on leaving the Big
> > 12 for the Pac-12, and the Sooners might be doing it sooner than later.

Neal on Literal-Minded:

>  5. "cupcake" not in OED:
> "We were wrong for thinking coming in that they might be a cupcake team and
> > they really ran it down our throat the first half," he said.>
> Well, "cup-cake" in the literal sense is in the OED, but no figurative
> assignment is given.

Me on Language Log (mostly about the verb form):

(Both of the above posts reference ADS-L discussions.)


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