[Ads-l] intrusive "of" intrudes further

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 6 17:11:23 UTC 2015


I always think of the Gordian Knot.

DanG

On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 8:20 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> "The mustard" is the only substantive object I've ever encountered.
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> And it's documented earlier too.
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> 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
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> > 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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