[Ads-l] intrusive "of" intrudes further

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 6 06:11:20 UTC 2015

On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 10:58 PM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at ameritech.net>

> "It just wasn't very good of an apple."

That sounds natural to me. But strings like "various of scientists" and the
ubiquitous-in-BE "numerous of [scientists]" don't cut it for me. BTW, what
is the "it" in that expression? The mustard? I've heard my mother say,
"don't/won't/can't/etc. cut it" all too numerous of times, but not ever
"... the mustard."

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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