[Ads-l] hypercorrect pluralization of attributives

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 17 14:15:53 EDT 2016


A CNN crawl - admittedly sometimes careless - identifies the late Edward
Albee as a "three-times Pulitzer Prize winner."

JL

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 8:46 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> Here's one that's clearly unidiomatic as well as orthographically
> clumsy-looking. "SEAL team" is the normal form.
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> 2012 N.Y. Times
> http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/movies/act-of-valor-
> film-with-active-duty-members-of-navy-seals.html
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> "Act of Valor" follows a SEALs team as it rescues an undercover agent in
> the Philippines [etc.].
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> BONUS: it was Costa Rica, not the Philippines.
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> JL
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> On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 3:35 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 8:03 AM, Jonathan Lighter <
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> > > CNN is talking about "the Houthis rebels."
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> > > I've recently heard "the movies industry."
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> > > Plus (I hope you're sitting down) "the aircrafts industry."
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> > Reminds me of "three-feet-long stick," "ten-yards-long path,"
> > "eight-hours-long shift," etc.
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