more negative mischief
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jun 7 16:29:52 UTC 2004
>susan stamberg, on today's Morning Edition (NPR), remarked that ronald
>reagan "was not afraid to mince his words", thus piling on rather too
As W. B. Hodgson (1885) [Errors in the Use of English; New York:
Appleton] p. 21 muttered gloomily a while back, "Piled-up negatives
prove easy stumbling-blocks."
> "didn't mince his words" would have done. "was not
>afraid to be outspoken" or "to speak clearly" would have done. but
>this version has him fearlessly mincing his words.
>arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
As Jerry would say (if I hadn't beaten him to it), a very nice syntactic blend.
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