[Ads-l] [VAR-L] She text me

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Mar 1 20:57:06 UTC 2016


> On Mar 1, 2016, at 2:09 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 3:05 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>> 
>>> Begin forwarded message:
>>> 
>>> From: Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu>
>>> Subject: Re: [VAR-L] She text me
>>> Date: February 29, 2016 at 9:10:18 AM PST
>>> To: Dave Sayers <dave.sayers at CANTAB.NET>
>>> 
>>>> On Feb 29, 2016, at 8:27 AM, Dave Sayers wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> I've often heard people say what sounds like "she text me" to mean that
>>>> she sent me a text message ...but I've never come across any research
>>>> on this development. Has anyone else?
>>> 
>>> just a posting on my blog:
>>> 
>>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__arnoldzwicky.org_2008_12_25_whats-2Dthe-2Dpast-2Dtense-2Dof-2Dthe-2Dverb-2Dtext_&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=MceB3psD0HMaoRTDs1ALFZSzKd47WnSBB9TqKOplxtI&s=PSaeeZrU-1Kr31l3k7KN-0YH4-aqz4s2QqlGwY37Yw8&e= 
> 
> (Repeating myself from last time this came up, in 2013...)
> 
> I also wrote about this in '09:
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.visualthesaurus.com_cm_wordroutes_mailbag-2Dfriday-2Dtexted_&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=MceB3psD0HMaoRTDs1ALFZSzKd47WnSBB9TqKOplxtI&s=w5763l1Y4LZVAZYCV7eKyYmZNVlXcVml3zn2SYZEm9I&e= 
> 
> At the time, I didn't think it was likely that /tEkst/ would win out
> as the past-tense form, but since then I've heard it used an awful
> lot.
> 
> And see John Wells, also from '09 (his predictive powers were better than mine):
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__phonetic-2Dblog.blogspot.com_2009_10_texting.html&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=MceB3psD0HMaoRTDs1ALFZSzKd47WnSBB9TqKOplxtI&s=6l5ppHtz2ETI1LHyisyzalIXwSAjnpcce4Rf2rg13Es&e= 
> 

Nice.  The moral, I take it, is Don't Mess with Texes.

LH

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