the spread of adjective-licensed "of"

Joan H. Hall jdhall at WISC.EDU
Tue Jan 22 17:02:32 UTC 2008

DARE's first quote (at the entry for "of", section B subsense g) is from
1942 (Rawlings, Cross Creek, "I wondered if ary one in that big of a
hurry knowed where he was going."). But Volume III was done before we
had access to any electronic sources, so there are doubtless earlier

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