Engineering amazing

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 18 15:04:23 UTC 2011

On Sep 18, 2011, at 10:23 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> The gerund notion is about verbs being used as nouns. This appears to be an
> adjective used as a noun.
> If I had to make a semantic distinction - which Lexus probably didn't - I' d
> say that
> to engineer "amazing" (adj. > n.) means to engineer that which is amazing,
> while to engineer "amazing" (v. > n.) means to engineer the word "amazing."
> That is, if it means anything I can comprehend at all.

Whatever it is (I seem to recall being taught once that a gerund*ive* is an adjective used as a noun, but that may not be what was said, and if it was it might not be right), this is my favorite recent example of engineering amazing.  View and manipulate at your own risk.

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