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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 21 15:05:21 UTC 2015


I was thinking of the preposition in the source phrase "sit with the baby,"
rather than the syntax of "to babysit."

I think it can be either trans. or intrans. for me, though I imagine
journalists prefer the trans. form. because it saves space.

JL

On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 10:52 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:

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> Though in some dialects (e.g. mine!) the preposition "with" or "for" is
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> ll required after the verb "babysit."  (That is to say, "babysit" is
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> More at my note "Optional Prepositions," American Speech 52 (1977): 28.
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> Charlie
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> As Grandma explained it, the earlier locution (which she thought came
> during WW2) was the fairly straightforward to "sit with the baby."  Hence
> "babysitter," "babysitting," and finally "babysit."
>
> "Babysit" actually seems more radical to me than "word vomit," because
> "babysit" can be thought of as eliding a preposition, while "word vomit"
> doesn't have to.
>
> To "low-crawl," BTW, is a standard technique for moving with your head down
> while flat on the ground. Am surprised it does not appear in any WW2
> writings, AFAIK.
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> JL
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> On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
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> > > On Jul 21, 2015, at 9:52 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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> > wrote:
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> > > Here's what a Republican "strategist" just told CNN...at least up to =
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> > the
> > > point where my brain shut down:
> > >=3D20
> > > "Donald Trump never apologizes for anything.  He just word vomits and
> > > then...."
> > >=3D20
> > > I imagine that the now standard "babysit" is an early cousin of this
> > > tendency.
> >
> > A cousin but I think not a parent.  I was going to mention "baby-sit" =3D
> > when we were discussing "drunk-drive", but then I realized that in the =
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> > former case there's no obvious alternative option to the back-formed =3D
> > verb, since "baby-sitting" has a specific meaning that would be lost in,
> =
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> > say "I baby-sit to supplement my income as a hedge fund investor":  "I =
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> > sit for babies to supplement my income..."?  "sit on babies"?  Nope, =3D
> > only "baby-sit" will do.  For "drunk drive", as you were pointing out =3D
> > earlier, "drive drunk" isn't *that* distant, although if I'm right it's =
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> > not quite the same conceptually.  I think "word-vomit" is somewhere in =
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> > between, given the at least plausible alternative form, "He just vomits =
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> > words and then..."=3D20
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> > > 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 =3D
> > War,
> > > though.
> >
> > Interesting.  That one I (not having been in the military) haven't =3D
> > heard.
> >
> > LH
> > >=3D20
> > > Wilson?
> > >=3D20
> > > JL
> > >=3D20
> > > On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 5:25 PM, Jonathan Lighter =3D
> > <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
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> > >>> So I don't think it's really "to ___-drive (fill in the blank)", =3D
> > unless
> > >> it gets you a new category of actions.
> > >>=3D20
> > >> Actually the header was a challenge, not a theoretical postulate. I =
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> > agree
> > >> that to "fast drive" is currently unlikely.
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> > >> Or is it? =3D46rom 2002:
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> > >> "We fast drove to Wabasha, our next stop."
> > >>=3D20
> > >> =3D46rom 2005:
> > >> pages.intnet.mu/servas/Archives/.../No%2013%20-%20June%202005.do...
> > >>=3D20
> > >> In the end Demelza had to fast-drive home to fetch her TV.
> > >>=3D20
> > >> 2007:
> > >> *www.roadtripamerica.com =3D3DE2=3D3D80=3D3DBA ...
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> > >> adTrip Field Reports>
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> > >> We slow-drove through the heart of the park to see all the weird =3D
> > rock.
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> > >> And the piece of resistance (2014): www.sau.com.au
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> > >> Forced Induction
> > >> Performance
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> > >> I had to reckless drive it to get any acceleration and when the =3D
> > torque was
> > >> there cops were the main problem because of the vastly illegal speed.
> > >>=3D20
> > >> JL
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> > >> On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 2:37 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> =3D
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> > >>> On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 1:03 PM, Laurence Horn =3D
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> > >>> wrote:
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> > >>>> in the minority
> > >>>=3D20
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> > >>> Been there, lived that, agree with you entirely. Use hyphenation and
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> > >>> double-take really "bugs my head," as we said, back in the day of my
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> > >>> that dropped apostrophes don't annoy me nearly so much as missing =3D
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> > >>> do.
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> > >>> -Wilson
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