[Ads-l] steal = borrow (intentionally or not)

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Mon Mar 2 16:38:01 UTC 2015


My voice teacher, when having me do singing exercises on higher and higher notes says 'OK, this is the last one..', then when I've done that well enough, says 'I lied' and adds a half step up. 

Which always makes me lose my concentration and giggle. 

Geoffrey S. Nathan 
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and Professor, Linguistics Program 
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> From: "Amy West" <medievalist at W-STS.COM>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Sent: Monday, March 2, 2015 11:30:00 AM
> Subject: Re: steal = borrow (intentionally or not)

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> On 2/28/15 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> > Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:24:51 -0800
> > From: Benjamin Barrett<gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
> > Subject: steal = borrow (intentionally or not)
> >
> > Yesterday, in a coffee shop, someone asked if they could steal a
> > chair
> > from the table where I was sitting.
> >
> > This sort of usage is common and while I might have called it
> > jocular in
> > the past, I don't see people necessarily smiling anymore when they
> > say
> > it. AFAIK, this usage is limited to politeness situations.
> It seems similar to the "lie" use for "misremember". Instead of
> saying,
> "Oh, I was wrong/mistaken, he isn't the actor who played Benson,"
> people
> will say "Oh, I lied, he isn't the actor. . ." when they didn't
> *actually* lie but misrembered, were wrong/mistaken, etc.

> ---Amy West

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