[Ads-l] An early "is is."

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 27 16:31:43 EDT 2017


Well, we should enjoy them while we can.  After all, President Trump has vowed to destroy "is is”.  What’s that?  Oh, that’s very different.  Nevermind.


> On Mar 27, 2017, at 4:28 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> I'm reminded of the apparent triple "is" previously spotted by JL on CNN in
> 2011, which was broken up by a vocative "Howie."
> 
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2011-September/112884.html
> 
> blogged here: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3452
> 
> 
> On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 3:58 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> 
>> I like the way the author artfully interrupts the consecutive “is”es with
>> the attribution, presumably as a courtesy to Waldron.
>> 
>> LH
>> 
>>> On Mar 26, 2017, at 6:31 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> 1964 Jere Peacock _To Drill and Die_  (N.Y.: Bantam) 257: "The thing of
>> it
>>> is," Waldron said ... "is that this order was set up for you personally."
>>> 
>>> 
>> 
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