[Ads-l] wild-ass vs. wild-assed

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 1 19:54:14 EDT 2016


We've talked about "-ass" vs. "-assed" before...

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2016-June/thread.html#142887

...and now it's in the news.

In a U.S. Senate debate in Kentucky, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray spoke of
Sen. Rand Paul's "wild-assed philosophies and theories," though news
outlets tended to transcribe it as "wild-ass." WFPL's Laura Ellis
talked to Univ. of Kentucky linguist Jennifer Cramer about it.

http://wfpl.org/go-linguist-dissects-jim-grays-wild-ass-zinger/

--bgz

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