[Ads-l] Interesting Headline

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 29 09:30:04 EST 2019


I read this as you did.

The language describing the act of an athlete under contract signing a new
longer contract with the same team is clunky: re-sign, extend. They are
very confusing out of context. (Did he extend a contract or hyperextend a
knee?)

On Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 5:55 AM Mark Mandel <mark.a.mandel at gmail.com wrote:

> Unless I'm missing something, this hyphen doesn't implement a stress
> distinction, but a semantic distinction between homographs, in this case
> nearly antonymous. I know I've seen such use of hyphens, including with
> *re-*, but the specifics escape me at this hour. The most remarkable hyphen
> disambiguation I've seen is *singe-r*, a tool for singeing the edges of
> fabrics. I can't find an example on the web, which floods a search with
> "singer" hits, though I did find an interesting cousin at
> <https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/empire-beard-singe39r/241818/>:
>
> Empire Beard Singe'r
> Style: Amber Ale
> Brewed by Empire
> Slaithwaite, England
>
> Mark Mandel
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 28, 2019, 10:59 PM Alan Knutson <boris1951 at charter.net wrote:
>
> >   I guess you could say this would be an interesting way of
> > marking a stress contrast:
> >
> > ESPN headline: "Anthony Davis has told Pelicans he won't
> > re-sign"
> >
>
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