Huh? II

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 22 03:16:51 UTC 2007

>  >From today's NYT Letters to the Editor:
>",,, _in a thrice_ ..."
>Perhaps merely a lapsus calami?

Lovely.  There are quite a number of other such hits on the web,
although they have to be teased apart from perfectly standard uses
like "in a thrice-told tale,..."   But it's a lovely reworking of
"trice", and if you can't get something done in a thrice, you can at
least try to get it done in a twice.


P.S.  One hit is "in a trice, nay in a thrice", which suggests a
degree of (self-)consciousness about the transgressive nature of this

>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
>The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

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