reporter's license

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jan 5 20:39:35 UTC 2009

On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 2:50 PM, Randy Alexander
<strangeguitars at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 12:51 PM, Victor <aardvark66 at> wrote:
> > 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.
> I don't see the "s" as pesky, but rather just a count use for "servings of
> shave ice".  Unless there's something I'm missing.

Indeed. Cf. countable "Italian ice(s)".

--Ben Zimmer

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