Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Jan 13 19:57:31 UTC 2009

On Jan 13, 2009, at 11:12 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

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> Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject:      Re: INGs
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> I've heard this phrase all of my life. If ever I had occasion to write
> it, I would use "to-ing and fro-ing."
> Is there a similar problem with backing and filling, ripping and
> running, slipping and sliding, peeping and hiding, and other such?

see my posting here of 11/29/08 on "back and forth" (also "back and

"slip and sliding" is certainly attested.  i haven't checked on the


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