Legal Blogger takes pride in OED cites (UNCLASSIFIED)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 14 13:28:02 UTC 2010

I never heard that one!

I do remember reading in a nineteenth-century grammar that "to leave" must
never be used intransitively.


On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 8:43 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 4:46 PM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC
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> > Legal Blogger takes pride in OED cites
> Who can put the blame on him? ;-)
> When I was in high school, it was a prescriptive rule that _blame_
> could *not* be used as a verb. It's too bad that I didn't have an
> example such as this one, at the time.
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> that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
> idiotic or unworthy.
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