[Ads-l] nounified adjectives revisited

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 30 22:31:31 EST 2017


Right; I’m partly wondering about the leap from Tracy Morgan/Adam Sandler to Paul Krugman.

LH

> On Jan 30, 2017, at 10:23 PM, Yagoda, Ben <byagoda at UDEL.EDU> wrote:
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> Trendy and stronger, as in comedian Tracy Morgan's "bring the funny" and Adam Sandler's misnamed "Here Comes the Funny" tour
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> http://www.offbeat.com/news/comes-funny-tour-bring-adam-sandler-david-spade-rober-schneider-new-orleans/
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> Sent from my phone
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> On Jan 30, 2017, at 10:15 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU<mailto:laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>> wrote:
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> =46rom Paul Krugman=E2=80=99s column in today=E2=80=99s Times:
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> =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D
> As you may recall =E2=80=94 or maybe you don=E2=80=99t, with the crazy =
> coming so thick and fast =E2=80=94 the White House first seemed to say =
> that it would impose a 20 percent tariff on Mexico, but may have been =
> talking about a tax plan, proposed by Republicans in the House, that =
> would do no such thing; then said that it was just an idea; then dropped =
> the subject, at least for now.
> 
> =
> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/opinion/building-a-wall-of-ignorance.ht=
> ml
> =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D
> 
> =E2=80=9CCrazy=E2=80=9D as a noun is probably one of the conversions =
> we=E2=80=99ve discussed, but if it isn=E2=80=99t it could have been.  =
> I=E2=80=99m wondering whether the use of the =
> adjective-in-noun=E2=80=99s-clothing in such cases, as opposed to the =
> well-established noun already on the lexical shelf (=E2=80=9Ccraziness=E2=80=
> =9D) is that it=E2=80=99s=E2=80=A6stronger?  More salient? Trendy?  =
> (Although Krugman doesn=E2=80=99t strike me as the type who goes for =
> trendy...)  Any speculation?
> 
> LH
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