[Ads-l] hypercorrect pluralization of attributives

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 30 08:34:01 EDT 2016


CNN alludes to the influence of "the Obamas factor" on the Hillary campaign.

I don't care how many Obamas there are, it's still "the Obama factor."

Maybe somebody thinks that "Obama" by default means "Pres. Obama" and
ignores Michelle Obama, so a plural is required444

But who knows what people think?

JL

On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 8:27 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> My grandfather (b. 1884) regularly used the form "five-foot tall."  My
> grandmother did not, IIRC.
>
> JL
>
> On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 1:14 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> WG:  << True, but the polloi have annoyingly begun to say and write crap
>> like
>> "five-miles walk." >>
>> WB:  Used to take ten-mile runs in the Berkeley Hills as a student.  Never
>> been on no fancy-pants <10K run>. Prefer life in my recliner now, anyways.
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