case choice by rhyme

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Sep 21 19:31:55 UTC 2005

another kind of example, which came by on my iTunes  (sung by Blossom
Dearie) a little while ago...

from "You for Me", music by Harold Arlen, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Take a look and see
You've hooked the she
Who'll agree
Quite cheerfully...

here, the personal pronoun (in the nominative, in this case) is used
like an ordinary head noun.

i'm sure there are other examples out there of
   a/the she/her/he/him
but search engines really aren't good at picking the good stuff out.

arnold (zwicky at, annoyed to discover that the
lyrics don't seem to be available on the web, presumably because of
copyright fanatacism (on the Harold Arlen site, i was given the
option of licensing the song)

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