"Separated by a single language" strikes again!

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Mar 2 22:36:14 UTC 2012

On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> TIME, March 12, 2012; p.4
> We misquoted a British colloquialism uttered by the singer, Adele… As
> she accepted a Grammy, we misheard her as saying, "Mom, gold is good!"
> In fact, … she said, "Mum, girl done good!"

Except she said "girl *did* good." Sigh.



Ben Zimmer

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