"Fair Use" Not in OED

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Feb 15 20:34:07 UTC 2006

Esteemed colleague Ron,

You are right about the complexity of the stress rules for adjuncts
versus compounds; in the case under question, however, I thought your
suggestion was a good way to lead David to the trough of truth, since
he seemed to be wandering in the wilderness.


>In a message dated 2/15/06 2:09:14 PM, preston at MSU.EDU writes:
>>  Ron,
>>  But wouldn't this compounding (and hence stress assignment) use have
>>  followed from the establishment of the "term"? On the other hand,
>>  that's a historical question (the one I had in mind primarily), and
>>  you are quite right, learned colleague, to have guided David into
>>  distinguishing the current uses by pointing out this difference.
>>  dInIs
>Thank you, fellow learned colleague. I suppose it is true that compounds
>always have a social history, else they would not have become compounds?
>It is also the case that stress placement is not quite so simple as the intro
>texts make it out to be. See Fudge, for example. Thus one could place the
>stress in the following in various ways:
>Sending Jones to the Yankees in exchange for Smith was, it seems to me, a
>fair use of a morally rotten scoundral.
>Also, FAIR USE in the legal sense is quite often used as an adjunct (FAIR USE
>LAWS) which messes up the stress.
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Dennis R. Preston
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Department of English
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