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Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Fri May 12 13:54:00 EDT 2017


For all of me, " intrusive 'of' " [both the locution itself, and the phrase
noted as applying to it] is dead gallus.  Or should that be "gallows"?  Dunno
which version runs in America.  Could look up the Utterly Estimable George
Washington Matsell to see, but some people on this list (no names, no pack
drill) fail to exhibit sufficient respect for his lexicographical prowess.

R.

> 
>     On 12 May 2017 at 15:22 Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> 
>     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
>     > >> -----
>     > >> 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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