[Ads-l] Fwd: to wrong-do (trans.)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu May 5 21:20:44 UTC 2016


> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> Subject: Re: to wrong-do
> Date: May 5, 2016 at 8:14:39 PM EDT
> To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> 
> 
>> On May 5, 2016, at 7:37 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> 
>> CNN reports that FBI's investigation of Secretary Clinton has failed to
>> "find any intention to wrong-do."
>> 
>> JL
> 
> Let's see how it works for transitives...
> 
> Frankie went down to the corner saloon
> Just for a bucket of beer
> Said "O Mr. Bartender,
> Has my lovin' Johnnie been here?"
> He was her man but he wrong-done her.
> 
> Nah, doesn't scan.
> 
Better scansion:

Said "Oh Mr. Bartender,
Has my lovin' Johnnie been here?"
He made her feel tingly,
But he wrong-done her bigly.

LH

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