[Ads-l] ridiculous

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 27 11:02:32 EST 2021


I think the new example shows a higher degree of lexicalization than the
others.The lack of emphasis suggests less rhetorical intent.

JL

On Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 10:38 AM Margaret Winters <mewinters at wayne.edu>
wrote:

> 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
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> Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
> Wayne State University
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> mewinters at wayne.edu
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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:
> >
> > 'Amazing; astonishing.'  Not in MW.
> >
> > Quora.com:  "How ridiculous was American production in World War 2?"
> >
> > Cf. "outrageous."
> >
> > JL
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