[Ads-l] Just heard on a reality show:

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Wed May 13 15:29:34 UTC 2015

  From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
 Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:11 AM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Just heard on a reality show:

--although that implication can be overridden in context, even for biological fathers.  "Yes, I know Dad looks funny dressed that way, but he has no choice.  You have to remember, he *is* my mother's husband."  Granted, that's predicating something about the speaker's father rather than referring to him as "my mother's husband", which would usually be pretty odd except in rather extreme circumstances (some of which can be found by googling "My mother's husband is my dad/father").

Odder would be "my dad/father is my mother's current husband".


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