[Ads-l] another "of a"

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Thu May 5 21:12:15 UTC 2016


This strikes me as by-now-ordinary exceptional degree marking with "of", 
but paired with a reanalysis:

[hot button] issue ==> hot [button issue]

Perhaps a "button issue" is one that "pushes people's buttons". The 
question is: Would Chuck Todd find the following grammatical?

1. These are some hot topics and button issues.
2. This is one button issue that's really hot.

Neal


On 5/5/2016 7:36 PM, Herb Stahlke wrote:
> Chuck Todd this evening:  If immigration reform had passed, would it have
> been as hot of a button issue as it is now?"
>
> I can almost get "as hot button of an issue" but it's a long reach.
>
> Herb
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