semantic drift: "high-ranking"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 10 00:50:59 UTC 2008

At 3:45 PM -0800 1/9/08, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Commenting this a.m. about celebrity item Tony Roma

Unless this is a breaking news item, we're talking Tony Romo, I
believe--the Cowboys' quarterback, as opposed to Tony Roma, the
baby-back ribs franchiser.  We gotta keep our high-rankers straight.


>and Jessica Simpson, a Fox & Friends anchor remarked that "[Tony's]
>had several high-ranking girlfriends."
>   JL
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