[Ads-l] A question of dialogue

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Tue Jun 2 08:18:03 UTC 2015


Might be a blend: "have it in for someone" + "be out to get someone" .
Gerald Cohen

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> On Jun 1, 2015, at 5:18 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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>> On Jun 1, 2015, at 7:06 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> "Why would anyone have it _out_ for Bronson?"
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>> Someone had it in for the script-writer, perhaps. Language-change in
>> progress, again, since I've come across "in" replaced by "out," in =
> this
>> context, numerous of ;-) times, over the past dekkids.
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> 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". 
> 
> LH
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