[Ads-l] "Lose complete control" and its ilk
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu May 25 14:25:48 EDT 2017
> On May 25, 2017, at 2:12 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 11:16 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
>>> On May 25, 2017, at 11:08 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
>> adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>> The term mentioned previously was "hypallage".
>>> [Begin excerpt from 2007 message]
>>> Cris Collinsworth on NBC, discussing a big fumble, remarked that "it
>>> turned the complete game around", i.e. turned the game completely
>>> (In an earlier discussion over the summer re "dodged a narrow
>>> bullet", Arnold reminded us this is called or transferred
>>> epithets. Somehow it strikes me as especially odd when the adverb
>>> transfer to modify a definite, as above.)
>>> [End excerpt]
>>> Here is a link to a germane Language Log post by Arnold Zwicky:
>> Thanks, Garson! Exactly what I was trying to dredge up. I suspected
>> Arnold might have been involved, but I didn’t know how to find the relevant
>> thread. “No extramarital toes sucked”—how could I have forgotten? And the
>> trope I was trying to recall was indeed “hypallage”. Well, I did remember
>> it was Greek…
> A bit more from me in 2009 (I included Arnold's "extramarital toes," of
Very timely, including among its examples as it does the name of the surprise Preakness winner “Cloud Computing” (just nosing out “Extramarital Toes”, with “Wallet Biopsy” as an also-ran).
I wish, though, that there were a special term for the cases I brought up in which a garden path is more likely* (“lose complete control”, “lose total interest”, “lack complete control”), involving a category change in the modifier from manner adverbial to adjective, in the presence of a negative verb that falls within the scope of the following universalizing adjective. I guess if I want such a term I’ll have to invent it.
*OK, I’ll grant that one could misparse “historical linguist”, “civil engineer”, or "three-valued logician” if one tried.
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