reporter's license

Victor aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 5 17:51:21 UTC 2009

It's a twofer--there's also that pesky "s". I suspected that the
reporter was from Hawaii and used the local dialect. So I almost gave it
a pass, except for the plural.


Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM, Randy Alexander
> <strangeguitars at> wrote:
>> "Shave ice" is pretty common now, though it definitely wasn't when I
>> was growing up. I think I first became aware of it after I moved to
>> China, which was in 2002.
> And "shave ice" is the standard form in Hawaii, where the Obamas were
> vacationing. We've learned about this in much the same way as we
> learned from the Palin coverage that Alaskans call snowmobiles
> "snow-machines".
> --Ben Zimmer

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