Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 18 02:28:42 UTC 2006

Good catch, Larry! I vote for hypercorrection. (You know, when I was
a young whippersnatcher of your age, the term was "overcorrection." I wonder
who felt the urge to modify that and why he felt that it was needful.)


On 5/17/06, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> "Chauncey Billups--they don't call him Mr. Big Shot for anything!"
> (i.e. "they don't call him that for nothing", which sounds like--but
> of course isn't--a concordial double negative)
> --Reggie Miller, ex-NBA star and current announcer of Pistons-Cavs
> playoff game, over replay of important shot by Billups, two minutes
> ago.
> Larry
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