[Ads-l] Reality Winner

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jun 11 11:50:47 EDT 2017


> On Jun 11, 2017, at 11:24 AM, Jim Parish <jparish at SIUE.EDU> wrote:
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> On 6/11/2017 9:55 AM, Joel Berson wrote:
>> Her middle name is not infrequently omitted in newspaper reports.  Raw Google hits: Included: 533,000.  Excluded:  845,000.  I have to believe writers take pleasure in calling her just "Reality Winner."
> 
> An entertaining hypothesis, but how often do writers include or exclude the middle names of other people? My guess would be that Ms. Winner's middle name is *included* unusually often.
> 
Perhaps especially to make it clear that they’re talking about a person, rather than an outcome or the like.

LH

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