[Ads-l] fewofa

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Fri Jan 2 20:03:07 UTC 2015


Looks like a blend: "in so few words" + "in so short of a time" (or perhaps "in so short of a statement/speech").

Gerald Cohen

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On Jan 2, 2015, at 1:00 PM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

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>> fewva
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> No, I clearly heard the schwa in "of."  Too bad, really.
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> JL
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> On Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 12:58 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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>> Seems like Brinkley could have opted for "in so few words" here, but I 
>> do like "fewofa".  Except maybe it should be "fewva"--I read "fewofa" on 
>> first pass as if it were Elmer Fudd trying to ask for a felafel.
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>> LH
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>> On Jan 2, 2015, at 10:46 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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>>> Historian Douglas Brinkley on CNN:
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>>> "It's amazing how much Lincoln could say in so few of a words."
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>>> Let's see if this is corrected in the transcript.
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