[Ads-l] ridiculous

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Sat Feb 27 10:38:17 EST 2021


Guy Fieri on the Food Channel ("Diners, Drive-ins and Dives") uses 'ridiculous' as a term of high praise when he tastes dishes with the cook at such places.

Margaret

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MARGARET E WINTERS
Former Provost
Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

mewinters at wayne.edu


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From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2021 10:32 AM
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Subject: Re: ridiculous

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Haven't we discussed this before?  I remember anchors (the late Stuart Scott maybe?) using it on ESPN SportsCenter decades ago for, well, amazing or astonishing shots, catches, and so on.  Bleaching strikes again!

LH

> On Feb 27, 2021, at 10:00 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> 'Amazing; astonishing.'  Not in MW.
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> Quora.com:  "How ridiculous was American production in World War 2?"
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> Cf. "outrageous."
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> JL
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