[Ads-l] intrusive "of" intrudes further

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 6 13:20:31 UTC 2015


"The mustard" is the only substantive object I've ever encountered.

And it's documented earlier too.

JL

On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 1:11 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 10:58 PM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at ameritech.net>
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> > "It just wasn't very good of an apple."
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> 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."
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