snowclone: A by B, C by D

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Sun Sep 30 04:29:16 UTC 2007

Are you thinking of the breakfast cereal Kix which is "Kid-tested, Mother-approved"?

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Laurence Horn
Sent: Sat 9/29/2007 9:31 PM
Subject:      Re: snowclone: A by B, C by D
At 1:16 PM -0500 9/29/07, Clai Rice wrote:
>Given the examples and a few more I was able to dredge up, the formula might
>more exactly be:
>         Adj1 by NP1, Adj2 by NP2

or verbal (passive) participle.  And sometimes the participle
(adjectival or verbal) is fronted.  Which product is it again that's
"Doctor-tested and mother-approved", or something of the sort?


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