Facebook: "The US government is the laughing _stalk_ of other countries." [NT]

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 7 04:31:05 UTC 2014

On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 10:17 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>

> first began

When I was in the first grade in 1942 was when teachers first began to try
to teach us that the set, "first begin" et sim., was "ungrammatical."

Yet, in 2014, the construction lives.


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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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