[Ads-l] Facebookery: _to higher_ "to raise"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 16 21:02:14 EDT 2018


Or "shrillify."

JL

On Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 4:10 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> Well, as they say, the meaning is “more usually expressed by _r[a]ise_”…
>
>
> > On Jul 16, 2018, at 3:37 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > So, do you think that it's finally going to catch on?
> >
> > On Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 10:54 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Once again, OED is on the case:
> >>
> >> Higher, v.
> >>
> >> 1. trans. To make higher (in various senses); to raise, elevate. Opposed
> >> to and frequently in conjunction with LOWER v.
> >> More usually expressed by raise.
> >>
> >> 1592   in Acts Privy Council (1901) XXII. 553   Yt ys alledged that the
> >> bridge havinge ben highered duringe the mynorytie of Sir Edward
> Denney..was
> >> latelie taken downe.
> >> 1703   G. Garden tr. A. Bourignon Light risen in Darkness iii. i. 6
> >> These Men understand not the Scriptures.., weighing me in their false
> >> Scales which have no just weights, but are higher'd or lower'd
> according to
> >> their own grandeur.
> >> 1794   D. Steel Elements & Pract. Rigging & Seamanship I. 55   The
> >> upper-plate has a dove-tail on the back, that slides up and down in a
> >> groove..and, by a staff, made fast to its front, it is highered or
> lowered.
> >> 1831   Blackwood's Edinb. Mag. 29 980   Our high opinion..has not been
> >> lowered..It has—pardon the expression—been highered.
> >> 1861   H. Mayhew London Labour (new ed.) III. 150/1   I highered the
> rope
> >> in my yard.
> >> 1908   Rep. Select Comm. Home Work 130/2 in Parl. Papers (H.C. 246)
> VIII.
> >> 1   The employer sees what she has priced it at. If it does not suit
> him he
> >> lowers it or highers it.
> >> 2012   Birmingham Post (Nexis) 27 Sept. 21   Egress [is] made easier for
> >> the driver by the steering wheel being automatically highered when the
> >> engine is switched off and lowered again when it is started.
> >>
> >> 2. intr. To become higher, to rise; (also) to allow of being highered.
> Cf.
> >> earlier highering adj.
> >> rare.
> >>
> >> 1889   Birmingham Daily Post 30 Sept. 6/4   Quotations for forge and
> >> foundry bars are highering.
> >> 1905   Timber & Wood-working Machinery 18 Nov. 871/2   The table highers
> >> and lowers for various depths of mortise.
> >>
> >> [Suggesting, perhaps, that the transitive version is NOT rare?]
> >>
> >> LH
> >>
> >>> On Jul 16, 2018, at 12:29 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> "we have the new train _to higher_ the crime rate"
> >>>
> >>> Probably some kind of brain-fart and not real language-change.
> >>> --
> >>> -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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> >
> > --
> > -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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