[Ads-l] More Facebookery

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jul 26 11:07:09 EDT 2018


It’s one of those situations where grammar, at least my grammar, provides no feasible option (unlike the “one of the damn {things/*thing} is enough” case):  “any of us’s child” is no better.  Of course, the Romance prepositional phrase option is OK—“the child of any of us”—but that avoids rather than solves the problem.  Similarly, “I asked one of my friend’s mothers”/“…one of my friend’s mother”:  both impossible. If it were second person instead of first, there’s always “She could have been any of yall's child”—no problem.

LH

> On Jul 26, 2018, at 11:02 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Usage pretty familiar to me from undergraduates forty years ago.
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> JL
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> On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 11:30 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> "She could have been any of our’s child."
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>> [Full disclosure: the writer is my second cousin, once removed.]
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>> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
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