dialect in novels
fitzke at VOYAGER.NET
Thu Mar 1 21:05:19 UTC 2001
Don't you just love a "rule with many exceptions"? How many exceptions
does it take to negate the rule? :-)
"Dennis R. Preston" wrote:
> >What's nerve-grating about a pretty good rule (although there are
> >many exceptions): Irregulars are done away with in metaphoric usage.
> >Goose (application of thumb to backside) has plural gooses;
> >preterite of fly out (baseball) is "flied out" (not "flew out"). Snd
> >so on. Chill.
> PS: Exception - computer mice (although mouses was once used)
> >Speaking of "nerve-grating", why is the Toronto hockey club known as the
> >"Maple Leafs" and not the "Maple Leaves"?
> >Beverly Flanigan wrote:
> >> At 10:13 AM 2/25/01 -0500, you wrote:
> >> >Wouldn't argue. It just seems that one or the other is redundant; like
> >> >"focus in on" or "continued on".
> >> >
> >> >Go Green
> >> >
> >> >Bob
> >> Reminds me of a former TA who considers "co-occur together" (quoted from
> >> Fromkin & Rodman, our old Lx favorite) to be "teeth-clenchingly,
> >> nerve-gratingly redundant." Needless to say, she's no longer teaching
> >> linguistics.
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