[Ads-l] him = his

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 17 21:47:08 UTC 2015

On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 7:35 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> They wouldn't say, "A friend of me," would they?

I hope not! But, you have to admit that the only reason that "a friend of
mine" doesn't seem passing strange is that you learned it before your
critical faculties were fully developed, leading you to conclude, like the
CNN anchor, that you had discovered a bug in the English language that had
escaped the notice of millions of less-astute speakers of the noble
Anglo-Saxon tongue.

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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