[Ads-l] infantry (count noun)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 17 08:14:11 EDT 2016


Maybe, but Kaufman is a professor of _literature_.

JL


On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 8:03 AM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:
> Looks like a cut and paste error to me. The line may have originally read "by a Russian infantry unit," but when "unit" was cut, he forgot about the article.
>
> It's definitely an odd use of ambush, which is attack by laying in wait. You can't ambush a fixed position.
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> OED has one ex., from 1605 - which it neglects to define or describe.
>
> 2014 Andrew D. Kaufman _Give War and Peace a Chance_  (N.Y.: Simon &
> Schuster) 210  : A fortified French encampment being ambushed at dawn by a Russian infantry in the middle of war is not, and never will be, a magic kingdom.
>
> Prof. Kaufman is "an internationally recognized Russian literature scholar at the University of Virginia...[and] a featured Tolstoy expert at Oprah.com."
>
> P.S.: This use of _ambush_, v., isn't in OED at all. I confess I can't tell whether it sounds right or wrong: 'to attack by stealth, as under cover of darkness.'
>
> P.P.S.: OED also lacks the popular journalistic  "ambush interview" (GB: 1981).
>
> JL
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