[Ads-l] more nominalized adjs.

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 23 21:45:39 EST 2016


Adjectives in the prep. obj. slot are all over the place... as in "rabid"
in this sentence from Charles Blow about Trump's visit to the New York
Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/opinion/no-trump-we-cant-just-get-along.html
"You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after
exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage."

(One might imagine a gauge of Trumpian behavior, with "rabid" at one end --
on the model of "fill it up to full," "running on empty," etc.)

In any case, Geoff Pullum once argued (when "because" won WOTY 2013) that
PREP + ADJ is unremarkable:

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=9558


On Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 3:03 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> Another one as prepositional object.
>
> "Timeless", NBC, 11/21
>
> A: "We need to do this now"
> B: "It's not ready"
> A: "We don't have time for ready"
>
>
> > On Nov 23, 2016, at 4:46 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> wrote:
> >
> > United Healthcare:
> >
> > "I'm done with complicated!"
> >>
> > On Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 6:20 AM, Jonathan Lighter <
> wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> 2016 _Supergirl_ (CW TV): Hey, what's with the grumpy?
> >>
>
>

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