[Ads-l] A question of dialogue

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 2 00:57:47 UTC 2015

On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 8:17 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> Almost a kind of syntactic eggcorn in that "have it in for" does kind of
> seem opaque and there might be influence from "have it out with".

It annoys me when people suddenly decide that a cliche has to have "deep
structure" as well as a merely surface reading, especially when the
reanalysis makes no more sense than the original, e.g. BE "have a crick in
my neck" > "have a crook ..." <sigh!>

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

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