[Ads-l] relish; demise

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 17 12:02:10 UTC 2015


A more likely possibility is that this is the Strasbourg Oath of Inglish.

JL

On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 10:09 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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> > On Nov 16, 2015, at 7:18 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> =
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> > Comcast blurb for today's "Young and the Restless" episode:
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> > "Billy relishes in Adam's demise."
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> > Anglice':
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> > "Billy takes delight in Adam's misfortune."
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> > JL
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> Well, as the OED reminds us, a "demise" is properly the 'conveyance or =
> transfer of an estate by will or lease' and secondarily the =
> 'transference or devolution of sovereignty, as by the death or =
> deposition of the sovereign' and only "popularly" 'death or decease', so =
> perhaps it was merely the loss of Adam's estate that Billy consumed with =
> relish. =20
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