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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 13 17:42:19 UTC 2015

> On May 13, 2015, at 11:29 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
> --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".
No worse than introducing one's spouse as "my first husband" or "my first wife" as the case may be...


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