the nit and gritty

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 7 18:15:00 UTC 2013

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?


On 8/7/2013 1:13 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> So besides the earlier shifts we've discussed, resulting in "kitten caboodle", "tender lovin' care", "in this day in age", "puss and boots", "black and red fish", "at one's beckon call", "Chip 'n' Dale furniture", "clean shavin'", and of course both "spittin' image" and "spit 'n' image" (from original "spitten image", as we all know), all of which at least have the excuse of preserving the (reduced) phonology, we now have to allow for "nitty" > "nit 'n'"?  Any other reanalyses of this form?  Maybe "kitten corner" as in:
> "This is a cute little ice cream shop in East Sac, kitten corner from McKinley park. The owner was super helpful and let us try out different flavors."
> LH

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