"on the IMprove"

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 20 20:19:39 UTC 2009

There should be a discuss on the improve so it gets a retain, or NOT.  At least it's a consider to give a think on so English gets the improve it deserves.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
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> Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 11:56:31 -0400
> From: Berson at ATT.NET
> Subject: Re: "on the IMprove"
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> Sender: American Dialect Society
> Poster: "Joel S. Berson"
> Subject: Re: "on the IMprove"
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> At 9/20/2009 11:25 AM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>>Not seeing "on the improve" in any of the major dictionaries, but
>>Google Books finds it in the 1978 first edition of _The Synonym
>>Finder_ (Rodale, Urdang, LaRoche):
>>It's listed under "on the mend," which it would seem to be modeled on.
>>Citations show up back to 1819 at least:
> And "improve" is not yet a noun in the OED.
> Joel
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