Safire: "... You cannot say 'more *woman*'; ..."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 18 20:32:03 UTC 2007

in today's NYT Mag, "... you would have to say 'more womanly.'"

"I'm more man than you will ever be and _more woman_ than you will ever get!"

Spoken by Antonio Vargas's character in the 1976 film, _Carwash_.

In a similar syntactic vein, Bo Diddley specified himself as being
"500% _more man_ / [and] can lay more pipe than a plumber can" back in

Of course,,  this could be merely one of those black things or,
perhaps, I'm missing Safire's point.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
                                                      -Sam'l Clemens

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