[Ads-l] perpetrate; spin up

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 15 14:38:23 UTC 2015


"Lone wolfs?"  Those jihadist terrormongers don't *deserve* our allomorphy.  

LH

P.S.  I'll beat Jerry Cohen to the punch and suggest that the intransitive "perpetrating around the globe" is a blend of transitive "perpetrate" and "proliferate".  And "spin up" < "spin off" + "spit up"?  Or is that a blend too far?

On Feb 15, 2015, at 8:42 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> A  CNN commentator refers to lone-wolf terrorist attacks that are
> "perpetrating around the globe" and notes that jihadist websites "spin up"
> the lone "wolfs."
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> JL
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