Jan Freeman on preposition dropping

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Sep 9 15:36:32 UTC 2007

Nice column today by Jan Freeman in The Globe about how Brits blame
preposition dropping ("appeal/battle/protest against" -> trans.
"appeal/battle/protest") on the Yanks:


It's a nice example of what Lynne Murphy recently dubbed British
Verbal Superiority Complex (mirroring American Verbal Inferiority


On a side note, Jan's column refers to Arnold Zwicky's ADS-L
discussion of "abscond (with)" last month. That's when the list was
suffering from some weird posting behavior -- Arnold's post never
showed up in the archive, even though it showed up in (some?)
subscribers' mailboxes. My reply to Arnold's post did show up in the


--Ben Zimmer

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