[Ads-l] fed up of; earlier from

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Sun Nov 15 01:22:13 UTC 2015

I don't have strong feelings about this, but, fwiw, "bored of" seems to derive its "of"
from "tired of."  As for "fed up of," I selected "sick of" for the blend because both
"fed up with"  and "sick of" express an intense feeling. "Tired of" is less intense.
But I'd have no objection to both "tired of" and "sick of" being seen as playing a
role in the blend (assuming we do deal with a blend).
Gerald Cohen 
Laurence Horn [laurence.horn at YALE.EDU], Saturday, November 14, 2015 6:03 PM
Except that as we've discussed in various previous exchanges on the 
list, the tendency for various selected prepositions to neutralize to 
"of" ("bored of" is just one of many) is extremely widespread.  I'm 
dubious that each one is a sui generis blend; it seems much more 
economical to treat this as an instance of what we might call "_of_ 
sickness", on the model of "dative sickness" in Icelandic, the tendency 
for various object cases selected idiosyncratically by various verbs to 
be neutralized to dative.   In any case, I don't find the blend analysis 
a "no doubt"er.  (And anyway, how could we be sure it's based on "sick 
of" rather than "tired of"?)


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> From: "Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at MST.EDU>
> Subject: Re: fed up of; earlier from
> Date: November 14, 2015 at 5:02:34 PM EST
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> "Fed up of" is no doubt a blend: "fed up with" + "sick of".
> G. Cohen=20
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