[Ads-l] Facebookery: _townhome_ < "townhouse"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 18 02:24:45 EDT 2017


Back in '53, when the difference between _house_ and _home_ was still a
thing, the title of Adler's book was pointed to as a prime example of the
proper distinction between the two words. The once-popular saying - by
Edgar Guest? - "It takes a heap o' living to make a house a home," was also
used in that losing effort, as was the song, "C'mon-a My House."

But there's no stopping language change, as no less a light than Beowulf
has observed.

On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 1:08 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> We used to live in a subdivision that included "Townhomes" in its title.
>
> Built ca.1983.
>
> JL
>
> On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 12:14 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > "A House Is Not a Home"
> > - Polly Adler
> >
> > --
> > -Wilson
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> > All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> > come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> > -Mark Twain
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-- 
-Wilson
-----
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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