"it won't go noticed" (syntactic blend?)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Sep 21 16:41:28 UTC 2012

At 9/21/2012 11:11 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>Just heard this from Carl Banks, former N. Y. Giants' football star
>and now commentator on WFAN sports talk radio.  This is a plausible
>blend of "it won't be noticed" and "it will go unnoticed".  For me,
>it's impossible (though easily understood), and Googling for "won't
>go noticed", I see there are (just) 93 actual hits for that string,
>compared with the expected megascads for both "won't be noticed" and
>"will go unnoticed".

If it's extremely ignorable, it won't go noticed -- that is, it will
depart unnoticed.  Not even 15 minutes of fame.

But I'm sure that's not what Carl Banks meant.  And it's impossible
for me also, although with some imagination, misunderstood.


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