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Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 31 04:55:45 UTC 2015


I had always thought that (the been-to-Russia pseudo-comparative, not Wilson's mind-boggler) was a Barbara Partee example originally, but I see the actual story is a bit more complicated and has its own Language Log post:

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000860.html

LH

  
On Jan 30, 2015, at 11:01 PM, Galen Buttitta wrote:

> Reminds me of something that I think Jeff Punske said: "More people have been to Russia than I have", although that was an intentional turn of phrase to illustrate something about syntax, I think.
> 
>> On Jan 30, 2015, at 22:26, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 12:55 AM, Galen Buttitta <
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>>> Who's the source on that quote?
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>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.head-2Dfi.org_t_728006_sonys-2Dnew-2Dflagship-2D2014-2Dmdr-2Dz7_4140&d=AwIFAg&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=slYRxkuht19ntcNyWjtdiDcSMixxA_hRnFIim4r6rb4&s=J9yOzlRAtMMyMsUO6Z_3TvSSxYV_IvYMfGSZfymFrZw&e= 
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>> 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.
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