First query after vacation

Erin McKean editor at VERBATIMMAG.COM
Tue Sep 9 20:28:38 UTC 2003

I think this is possibly just an extreme generalization of the "rule"
that says longer utterances always make the speaker sound smarter or
more important. He's just extending it to words, and since there are
only a few ways to make individual words longer, he settled on
unnecessary pluralization.

editor at

>Hello all,
>What weird Boston affectation would make a Johns Hopkins/Harvard educated
>man pluralize words that shouldn't be? For example, ""It appears an event
>took place in Canada, and that the load shedding that perhaps they should
>have done was not done in a ways that prevented the New York power grid
>form having to try to supply power."
>He's also regularly says moneys (when not necessary) and referred to Yankee
>manager Joe Torre as Torres.
>I've heard of the intrusive R, but an intrusive S?
>Other insights on the speech of  New York politicians welcome.
>Kathleen E. Miller
>Research Assistant to William Safire
>The New York Times

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