[Ads-l] "we ... _ourself_"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 29 14:22:42 EDT 2018


> I’d go with “ourselves” here.

So would I. But -selves seems to be being consigned to the trashbasket of
history. Well, youneverknow. _FORmidable_ appears to have beaten back a
once-very-strong attack from _forMIDable_, whereas _EXquisite_ appears to
have been utterly defeated and driven from the field of combat by
_exQUIsite_. despite the aid of _perquisite_ and _requisite_.

On Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 10:01 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > On Jul 28, 2018, at 5:41 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > Summer's Eve TV commercial:
> >
> > "We women are redefining _ourself_."
> >
> > --
> > -Wilson
>
> Better if there’s an “each” present (but inaudible) after the copula.
> Otherwise I’d go with “ourselves” here.  But since I’m not a woman, my
> judgment may be irrelevant.
>
> > -----
> > 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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