[Ads-l] "Till death do we part"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 22 18:19:30 UTC 2016


> On Jan 22, 2016, at 10:52 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU> wrote:
> 
> Also, "till death we do part" gets several hundred Google hits.
> 
> --Charlie

Woe I am.

LH
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> Back in the '50's, this was the semiliterate, oddly hypercorrected, last
> line of an otherwise excellent, rhythm-and-blues love-song of sixty years
> ago. Everyone knows that the phrase is "... till death do _us_ part,"
> archaic phraseology for "... till death parts us."
> 
> 
> Somehow, this ancient error now appears in an NYT headline:
> 
> "Platonic, Until Death Do _We_ Part"
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> Who had any idea that the bruz were not wrong, but, rather, were merely
> ahead of the curve?
> 
> Youneverknow.
> 
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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