[Ads-l] another "of a"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 5 22:07:21 UTC 2016


Does "hot of a button of an issue" get partial credit?
On May 5, 2016 9:12 PM, "Neal Whitman" <nwhitman at ameritech.net> wrote:

> 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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