"drunk riding"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 2 01:50:11 UTC 2009

On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 7:29 PM, David A. Daniel <dad at pokerwiz.com> wrote
[quoting Jon Lightner]:
> >The real question remains: regardless of how much more idiomatic "ride a
> >motorcycle" may be, is there a significant number of people inane enough
> >believe that "drunk driving" laws do not apply - or could be argued in
> >court not to apply - to motorcyclists?
> I don't think that is the real question at all, being obvious and all. I
> thought we were just discussing terminology, idioms and usage. I know that
> I, at least, was discussing terminology, idioms and usage. Ride just
> always mean you are the passenger, is all. If you are riding a horse, it
> doesn't mean you're propped on the rear end behind the driver...

ISTM that real-world effects of language use, including the way people are
likely to understand an expression, are very much on-topic for this
discussion list.

m a m

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