[Ads-l] to ------ drive (fill in blank)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 21 13:52:25 UTC 2015


Here's what a Republican "strategist" just told CNN...at least up to the
point where my brain shut down:

"Donald Trump never apologizes for anything.  He just word vomits and
then...."

I imagine that the now standard "babysit" is an early cousin of this
tendency.

A direct antecedent of "to reckless drive" is "to low-crawl," which is
universal in the armed forces. I don't know if it antedates the VN War,
though.

Wilson?

 JL

On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 5:25 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> > So I don't think it's really "to ___-drive (fill in the blank)", unless
> it gets you a new category of actions.
>
> Actually the header was a challenge, not a theoretical postulate. I agree
> that to "fast drive" is currently unlikely.
>
> Or is it? From 2002:
>
> http://cgee.hamline.edu/rivers/MA/expedition/expedition2002/Alexjournal.htm=
> l
>
>
> "We fast drove to Wabasha, our next stop."
>
> From 2005:
> pages.intnet.mu/servas/Archives/.../No%2013%20-%20June%202005.do...
>
> In the end Demelza had to fast-drive home to fetch her TV.
>
> 2007:
> *www.roadtripamerica.com =E2=80=BA ... =E2=80=BA Topics =E2=80=BA
> RoadTrip =
> Field Reports*
> <http://www.roadtripamerica.com =E2=80=BA ... =E2=80=BA Topics =E2=80=BA
> Ro=
> adTrip Field Reports>
>
> We slow-drove through the heart of the park to see all the weird rock.
>
> And the piece of resistance (2014): www.sau.com.au =E2=80=BA ...
> =E2=80=BA =
> Forced Induction
> Performance
>
> I had to reckless drive it to get any acceleration and when the torque was
> there cops were the main problem because of the vastly illegal speed.
>
> JL
>
> On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 2:37 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 1:03 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > in the minority
> >
> >
> > Been there, lived that, agree with you entirely. Use hyphenation and use
> =
> it
> > *correctly*, for heaven's sake! No more "You're up-to-date!" but, "An up
> =
> to
> > date version..."! Bring back the comma! That unnecessary nanosecond of
> > double-take really "bugs my head," as we said, back in the day of my lost
> > youth.
> >
> > Peeves being extremely idiosyncratic and essentially nonsense, I must add
> > that dropped apostrophes don't annoy me nearly so much as missing commas
> > do.
> >
> > Youneverknow.
> >
> >
> > --
> > -Wilson
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> > come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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