fatally turn

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Wed Sep 7 02:24:47 UTC 2011

Sounds like someone asked the same question I ask myself. "Did he then fire,
and was the wound fatal?" Their solution was probably hasty, with "fatally"
modifying the part of the verb that's not actually there.

I blogged about "turning the gun on himself" a couple of times, most
recently at:

Geoff Pullum wrote about it too, on LL:


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From: "victor steinbok" <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 8:02 PM
Subject: fatally turn

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> A man shot dead at least three people and wounded at least six others in a
>> Nevada restaurant before fatally turning the gun on himself.
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