snowclone: A by B, C by D

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 30 14:07:03 UTC 2007

At 11:29 PM -0500 9/29/07, Gordon, Matthew J. wrote:
>Are you thinking of the breakfast cereal Kix which is "Kid-tested,

Yes, but possibly along with other commercials.  At least one or two
do involve doctors vis-a-vis mothers, and if I'm not mistaken, that's
what the Kix commercial was playing off.


>-----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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