[Ads-l] "bigly"

Galen Buttitta satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 15 15:18:30 EST 2017


It is common in some lects spoken in the US to use the adjective, and not the adverb, following a verb quite freely, e.g. “talk funny”, “come quick”. My own dialect seems to permit this.

> On Dec 15, 2017, at 15:10, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Strange to say, I've heard several talking heads lately offhandedly report
> the word as "bigly" even now.
> 
> Can't a Tweet straighten this out?
> 
> JL
> 
> On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 3:57 PM, Brian Hitchcock <brianhi at skechers.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> Perhaps someone informed DT that  "big" is an adjective, and shouldn't be
>> used that way--so he made it an adverb.
>> It strikes me funnily, though.
>> 
>> "Win big" and "Win big-time" seem to be gaining currency recently.
>> https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=win+big&
>> year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&
>> direct_url=t1%3B%2Cwin%20big%3B%2Cc0
>> 
>> https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=win+big-
>> time&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&
>> share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cwin%20big%20-%20time%3B%2Cc0
>> 
>> Likewise "win small", although to a lesser degree. "Win bare" is waning;
>> "Win medium" apparently quite rare.
>> https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=win+
>> medium%2Cwin+small%2Cwin+bare&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&
>> corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cwin%
>> 20small%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cwin%20bare%3B%2Cc0
>> 
>> Of course, "win small" and "win bare" could be adjectival if followed by a
>> noun, or "but".  However, I couldn't find any instances of these phrasings.
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>> http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=24240
>> 
>> On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 9:19 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
>> wrote:
>> 
>> "We're gonna win bigly", promises Donald Trump in his victory speech.
>> Apparently he's been promising this for quite a while on quite a number of
>> occasions.  QOTY candidate?  WOTY candidate?
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