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Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri May 12 10:18:03 EDT 2017


See also the multiple threads we’ve had on this, and—if memory serves--several of Arnold’s blog posts.  I forget his label for the construction.  Ah, here’s one of the relevant posts: https://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/04/12/innovative-edm/

+of EDM [exceptional degree marking]

LH

> On May 12, 2017, at 4:53 AM, Mark Mandel <Mark.A.Mandel at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> I see that usage all the time: "too ADJ of a N", where the older (and to my
> mind, still correct) version is "too ADJ a N". I suspect it comes from a
> generalization of "too much of a N", where the "of" is part of the
> quantitative "much of".
> 
> Mark
> 
> On May 7, 2017 11:24 PM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Bald Eagle swimming after too large _of_ a catch
>> 
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMft3Ny7hFk
>> 
>> --
>> -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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