[Ads-l] hypercorrect pluralization of attributives

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 17 15:28:28 EDT 2016

On Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 2:15 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

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

Combine that with strings like , "_An_ average (HTF can there be more than
one _average_?!) little person is three _foot_ tall" and Briticisms like
"on holiday" and "go missing" and you have to conclude that, at the very
least, American English is not what it used to be, if it ever was.

I miss Harry von Zell. And not only because Zeller Schwartze Katz was the
house wine in hamburger GI bars in West Germany.
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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