[Ads-l] Compliment?

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 4 23:39:36 EDT 2017


This is an example of what "breadcrumbs" refers to on the Web:

LINGUIST List > Web Links > Search Web Links

And it mostly likely comes from "trail of breadcrumbs". Imo.

Mark

On Aug 25, 2017 5:19 PM, "Charles C Doyle" <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:

> Interviewing the police chief of Corpus Cristi TX, an NBC correspondent
> said to him, in an effusively complimentary tone, "You're the man behind
> the curtain here." That strikes me as an inappropriate allusion for a
> compliment!
>
>
> Another inaccurate allusion is the popular phrase "follow the
> breadcrumbs":  In the German tale, the point was that the Hansel's
> breadcrumb trail could not be followed, since birds had eaten the crumbs.
>
>
> --Charlie
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