[Ads-l] predecessor= 'successor'

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 18 21:29:58 EST 2017


> On Jan 18, 2017, at 9:18 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, a few minutes ago:
> 
> "This President [of Gambia] won't leave office to make way for his
> predecessor."
> 
> And no, his successor does not appear to have been his actual predecessor.

Ah, Grover Cleveland, thou shouldst be living at this hour...
> 
> Cf. the once disbelieved-in "ancestor" 'descendant.'
> 
> JL
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