Does this make it official?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 14 01:39:29 UTC 2013

Wilson, the problem is that those of us in the "fuck NP over" dialect can *also* say "fuck over NP" (as long as the NP isn't a pronoun:  ?I want to fuck over him).  So you can't tell whether someone who can say/write "fuck over NP" (for non-pronominal NP) has come over to your version of English where that's the only possible syntax for the expression, but if you find yourself saying "I want to fuck that farmer over", you'll realize you've come over to ours.  Life is unfair.


On Sep 13, 2013, at 7:33 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> Spoken by the voice-overer during an Asaf Manvi sketch on last night's
> episode of The Daily Show:
> "Someday, I want to _fuck over_ a farmer."
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> 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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