[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] Re: on the origins of the (muttly [not in OED]) English language (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Thu Nov 19 17:43:28 UTC 2015


Doesn't anyone take it to mean "the set of words used by Dick Dastardly's sidekick, Muttley"?


Of course, it isn't that big of a vocabularly, since mostly, he just laughed:

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> > On Nov 18, 2015, at 11:19 AM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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> > Well, one more comment -- I like "This muttly vocabulary" ... 
> particularly since (am I correct?) McWhorter has constructed an adverb.   To convey a sense of action?
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> >
> > Joel

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