[Ads-l] blood in one's eye; hormonal; to "late-night angry-tweet"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 9 14:46:16 UTC 2015


> On Aug 9, 2015, at 10:27 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Shd be "fulminate against," but hey, we can always use new transitives.
> 
> JL

And "to late-night angry-tweet" (Jon's III below) is a beaut.  Based on my prediction (re "to drunk-drive", "to nude-sunbathe" a little while back), I'd have to claim that the use of this complex transitive verb requires treating this as a specific category of action (like "to butt-dial", "to drunk-dial", etc.).  To late-night angry-tweet someone is not simply to tweet someone angrily late at night, but to engage in this particular kind of established--mode of action? fetish?  Well, whatever it is, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

LH

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> On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 10:24 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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>> Subject:      blood in one's eye; hormonal; to "late-night angry-tweet"
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>> I can't find this familiar idiom in OED, but 30 seconds of research finds
>> an 1800 ex. in GB.
>> 
>> It mean's, of course, "intent on killing; (hence) intent on victory,
>> revenge, etc."
>> 
>> For those who've been visiting the off-world colonies, Donald Trump told
>> CNN Friday that, when questioning him in the debate, Megyn Kelly "had blood
>> coming out of her eyes, coming out of her...wherever."
>> 
>> What Trump may have meant by "wherever" is now the hottest political topic
>> in America. It's completely overshadowing the issue of whether it's
>> presidential to fulminate a leading journalist for asking an embarrassing
>> question on TV - and calling her in tweets and retweets a "bimbo,"  the
>> "biggest loser of the night," "astonishingly biased," and "funny to watch."
>> 
>> Trump has also tweeted and repeated that only a "deviant" or a "sick
>> person" would interpret what he didn't say as referring to Kelly's, er, you
>> know.  He says he was thinking "ears" or "nose" but decided (wisely) to
>> move on.
>> 
>> (At least it's good to know that *I'm* not "sick" or a "deviant," since the
>> gross menopausal interpretation did not occur to me.  Nor, if you can
>> believe them, did it occur to my wife or to my two old grad school buddies
>> who've spent their careers in the law. Are they putting me on?)
>> 
>> But the second linguistic point is Trump's assertion that "blood coming out
>> of [one's] eyes" is a "very common expression." (He repeated it today with
>> "...pouring..."
>> 
>> News to me.  Is it a rare eggcorn for "blood in  one's eye," or is it
>> really a "very common" eggcorn?
>> 
>> II
>> The mediopolitical word of the weekend is "hormonal."  It has been said
>> again and again that Trump meant Kelly was "hormonal" for asking him why he
>> has berated certain women who disagree with him as "fat pigs," "dogs," and
>> "animals." (Part 2 of the question was how Trump might defend himself
>> against Clintonian charges that he is "part of the War on Women)."
>> 
>> The new sense of "hormonal"  - 'affected by menopause; (hence) in a foul or
>> aggressive mood' - isn't in OED *or* HDAS.
>> 
>> III
>> 
>> Washington Post
>> 
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.washingtonpost.com_news_post-2Dpolitics_wp_2015_08_07_donald-2Dtrump-2Dlate-2Dnight-2Dangry-2Dtweets-2Dmegyn-2Dkelly-2Dand-2Dit-2Dis-2Depic_&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=CAICeyLByRApdZBIoC9st2LRhLMQ19uh8S6LPo9cd_A&s=THPBHNkoFJbM0axuhBfXLpVz-UL8QWbSUjcZQ48u-EE&e= 
>> 
>> "Donald Trump late-night angry-tweets Megyn Kelly, and it is epic."
>> 
>> JL
>> --
>> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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