[Ads-l] Urban legend? Or fact?

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Thu Oct 6 14:04:03 EDT 2016


There is a poem by Edna Saint Vincent Millay which ends:


Do you see him? striped pants?

He was born in Paris France.


'striped' has to be bisyllabic for the meter: a poetical-ish example.


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MARGARET E WINTERS
On Leave
Office of the Provost
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

mewinters at wayne.edu



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From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:43 AM
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Subject: Re: Urban legend? Or fact?

More poetical-ish?

DanG

On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 11:42 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM, Jim Parish <jparish at siue.edu> wrote:
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> > I'm not so sure: "his beloved books" and similar constructions seem to me
> > to call for the trisyllable.
>
>
> I agree with that. OTOH,
>
> "the deceased was _belov'd_ by all"
>
> is annoying. WTF does prefixing _be-_ to _loved_ add to - or subtract from
> - the meaning of simple _loved_?
>
> --
> -Wilson
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> 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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