[Ads-l] "Towed truck"

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 8 13:52:20 EST 2020


When I was 4, I was afraid of being grabbed by the under-toad.
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That reminds me of a good old  howler from the Ministry of Defence: "toad g=
un" for "towed gun".=20
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From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
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> On Nov 21, 2020, at 7:30 PM, Herbert F. Stahlke <hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM> wr=
ote:
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> The first instance of a counter ice-cream phrase?

I was thinking a possible hypercorrection as the motivation, but there=E2=
=80=99s not enough evidence to be sure.  Here=E2=80=99s one more clear inst=
ance of =E2=80=9Ctowed truck =3D =E2=80=99tow truck':

https://intensetowingrecovery.com/towed-truck-clinton-maryland/

Other apparent instances seem to involve actual trucks that are being towed=
 or other irrelevancies.

LH

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> On November 21, 2020, at 12:31 PM, Randy Alexander <strangeguitars at gmail.=
com> wrote:
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> But, a towed towed truck should be something that a truck truck truck tow=
s,
> so a towed truck should be something that a truck truck tows.
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> On Sun, Nov 22, 2020, 00:09 Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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>> =3D46rom a notice today on our local Nextdoor Whitneyville neighborhood =
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>> e-mail list:
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>> TOWED TRUCK. Anyone with towed truck or Triple AAA? I need to bring my =
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>> car to the junk yard please I will pay whoever does me the favor please
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>> [Just noticed the =3DE2=3D80=3D9CTriple AAA=3DE2=3D80=3D9D, which I gues=
s goes in =3D
>> the "ATM machine=3DE2=3D80=3D9D bin.]
>> Pretty sure I=3DE2=3D80=3D99ve never seen =3DE2=3D80=3D9Ctowed truck=3DE=
2=3D80=3D9D before =3D
>> (other than for trucks that were towed), but we=3DE2=3D80=3D99ve encount=
ered =3D
>> similar reanalyses. Given the iteration, it=3DE2=3D80=3D99s unlikely to =
be a =3D
>> typo.
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