[Ads-l] to truth-tell

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 2 01:10:53 EST 2020


Nice observation, Laurence!

Mark

On Tue, Dec 1, 2020, 10:14 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:

> > On Dec 1, 2020, at 9:54 PM, Mark Mandel <markamandel at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > As an antonym to "lie", it fills a gap rather usefully IMHO.
> >
> > MAM
>
> Although if we stick to the transitive verb construction (as I suspect JL
> would have us do), we have the nice minimal pair:
> "to tell *the* truth” vs. “to tell *a* lie”
> —lots of alternatives to the truth, but no alternative truths (or facts)
>
> LH
>
> >
> > On Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 1:47 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Jacquellne Alemany,  WaPo, on CNN's "REliable Sources" just now.
> >>
> >> "It's so important to talk about the virus and emphasize that it is real
> >> and truth-tell about it."
> >>
> >> JL
> >> --
> >> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
> truth."
>
>

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list