came very much in handy

Jeff Kallay mr_masterson at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 16 05:37:42 UTC 2008

decidedly off topic, no doubt, but i am reminded of the Jeff Foxworthy joke wherein a justice of the peace arrives at a party (read: a very boisterous, drunken, everyone-drinking-an-asshat-full-of-booze-kind-of-party) via a noise complaint and is greeted by Mr. Foxworthy himself proclaiming, at least paraphrasatically, "thank god you are here officer, it smells very much bad in here". > Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 00:17:43 -0500> From: jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA> Subject: came very much in handy> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> > ---------------------- Information from the mail header -----------------------> Sender: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>> Poster: James Harbeck <jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA>> Subject: came very much in handy> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------> > I overheard my wife on the phone saying "Your certificate came very> much in handy." A Google check of "came very much in handy" gets 1160> hits. I find it quite interesting in the way it attaches the "in" to> "handy" rather than "came" -- to my ears, a rough syntactic analog of> morphological splits such as "a whole nother."> > James Harbeck.> > ------------------------------------------------------------> The American Dialect Society -
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