Mystery of living shorter

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu May 3 12:04:43 UTC 2007

>From today's Yahoo News :

"Dillin said it usually takes a 50 to 70 percent reduction in normal food intake to yield longer lifespan in animals.
 "'If you reduce food too much, you're going to go toward starvation and actually live shorter,' Dillin said."
Logic sez that "live shorter" should be just as idiomatically normal as "live longer," but I could never use it in a serious context. It would have to be, "actually live less long," "actually not live as long," or "live for a shorter time."

If some things can live long, why can't other things live short ?


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