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Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 12 10:22:03 EDT 2017


I've been calling this "intrusive 'of'" for years.

In my experience - and I've been noticing for years - "intrusive 'of'" is
now the spoken norm.

JL

On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 10:18 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> 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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> >> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> >> -Mark Twain
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