[Ads-l] Say what, now?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 29 09:50:25 EDT 2021


To me this clearly means "originating or responsible for" as in, "The
mastermind behind the plot."

Part of my basic vocabulary for 50 or more years.

JL

On Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 9:55 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> Or does that mean "backers" as in publishers et sim?
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> From the NYT Books Briefing:
>
>    - In Hong Kong, police officers arrested
>    <
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> >
>     five people _behind_ a children’s book published last year that
>    portrayed the police as wolves, the latest move in a crackdown on
> political
>    speech.
>
> Heretofore, I've always thought of the use of _behind_ in the meaning of
> "after, as a consequence of, resulting from, subsequent to, et sim. [to the
> publication of a children's book]" as a peculiarity of Black English, cf.
> *behind* *prep* *2.b* in HDAS and *behind* *prep* in GDoS.
>
> Youneverknow.
>
> --
> - Wilson
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> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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