[Ads-l] to metal detect

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Wed Jan 18 09:44:37 EST 2017


In contrast to some of these phrases, note that "metal detected" is not synonymous with "detected metal," since "metal detected" does not require that any metal was in fact detected.


John Baker


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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Jonathan Lighter
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Subject: to metal detect

 2017 _Curse of Oak Island_ (History Channel TV) (Jan. 17):
"They went down there, they metal detected, they tried to repeat the metal
detection."

'To detect metal successfully through use of a metal detector.'

JL
-- 
"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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