"handsy" in the wild

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 29 02:57:06 UTC 2009

At 10:33 PM -0400 4/28/09, Mark Mandel wrote:
>"to themselfs"??!

Well, there's "themselves" as the reflexive for third person specific
plural "they", there's "themself" for third person singular "they",
and apparently there's "themselfs" for third person general plural
"they", which is sort of in between.  Or not.  And the beauty part is
that still leaves "themselve" for future use.


>On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 9:33 PM, Victor <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  Don't know the distribution of "handsy", but there 52K raw ghits. I
>>  happen to spot this one in the wild.
>>  http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2009/04/kctv_channel_5s_scary_voice.php
>>  ? >>Our favorite Jedi Knight, Ash-har Quraishi, discovers that a former
>>  emergency room nurse at North Kansas City Hospital allegedly got way too
>>  handsy with sedated patients. A couple of anonymous women are accusing
>>  William S. Price of sexually assaulting them while they were sedated in
>>  the NKC ER.
>>  This meshes well with the Urban Dictionary definition:
>>  "An adjective to describe people who cannot keep their hands to themselfs."
>>  I must say that I've never heard it ... until now.
>>  ?  ? VS-)
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