[Ads-l] Facebookery: _do the thang_ "get married"

Galen Buttitta satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 29 18:27:29 EDT 2016


If I'm reading your last sentence right, I actually make a distinction between -ing and -ang (and the voiceless ones as well).

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> On May 29, 2016, at 18:07, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> "Our friends Jaz and Zack _did the thang_. Beautiful wedding."
> 
> 
> "Get married" is the old meaning of this phrase, dating from at least WWII.
> There's no example in GBooks earlier than 1981, with a different meaning.
> Google has "about 224 results," each with a different meaning. The UD,
> which has only _do the th i ng_, not _th a ng_, from '05, also with a
> different meaning.
> 
> Of course, there's no difference in pronunciation between ing/ink and
> ang/ank.
> 
> -- 
> - Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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