Revival: someone/somebody

Thu Nov 23 15:33:44 UTC 2000

RonButters at AOL.COM,Net writes:
><< Quirk et al. (1985) and Jespersen
>(1914) claim -body and -one compounds are identical in meaning although
>Bolinger (1976) "argues that there is a subtle difference in meaning
>the series, ONE and its compounds being marked for closeness to the
>and individualization, whereas BODY is unmarked in these senses." >>

Very interesting, Ron.  The dictionaries (W3, RU2, WBD, and OED) all
show general equivalency.  It might be instructive to look over the
examples in OED to test this "new" observation.

David Barnhart

David K. Barnhart, Editor
The Barnhart Dictionary Companion [quarterly]
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