lackadaisical -- affixal gags

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 1 01:35:44 UTC 2012

On Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 12:52 AM, Geoffrey Nunberg
<nunberg at> wrote:
> nother involves the same principle, I think.

For some speakers, no doubt. Possibly only for those who think that, e.g.

"Luke, I am your baby daddy"

is funny, despite the fact that _baby daddy_ can't possibly replace
_father_ in that context, OTOH [Early Cuyler, addressing his son's
girlfriend, the mother of Early's grandson],

"Little gal, why settle for the sequel, when you can have the prequel?
I'm your baby daddy daddy."

Now, that's the proper way to use this dialect construction for laughs.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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