[Ads-l] "substitute" woes

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 17 14:15:10 EDT 2016

On Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 1:02 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> Not sure which verb you're thinking of

That makes two of us! Even more anecdotally, back in the '80's a friend
told me of thinking that he was going to have to revise his thesis after
reading a German Accepted Authority's statement that he interpreted to the
effect that "X is substituted by Y," when his entire thesis was based on
the assumption that Y is replaced by X. Resorting to a good German-English
aborted the myocardial infarction.

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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