Fw: guido guidette

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 25 14:15:42 UTC 2010

At 2:09 AM -0500 1/25/10, Seán Fitzpatrick wrote:
>Not to mention this example of hypercorrection:
>'In any case, as Labov said on NPR a few years ago: “Whatever the influence
>of the mass media are, it doesn’t affect the way we speak every day...."'
>Sean Fitzpatrick

I don't think that's hypercorrection but
agreement-with-the-closest; I'm sure Ben or
Arnold can direct us to the relevant Language Log
posts thereon.


>Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?
>I blame Global Warming.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Laurence Horn [mailto:laurence.horn at YALE.EDU]
>Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2010 9:43 AM
>Subject: Re: Fw: guido guidette
>One additional highlight of the Virginia Heffernan piece in today's N. Y.
>Times Magazine section
>(http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/magazine/24FOB-medium-t.html) is a nice
>example of a plural pronoun with singular sex-known but indefinite
>antecedent, a phenomenon we've discussed in the past.*  Here's Sammi
>Sweetheart, describing the role she plays in the MTV Reality show, "Jersey
>Shore", as quoted by Heffernan
>"A Guidette takes really good care of themselves, has pretty hair, cakes on
>makeup, has tan skin, wears the hottest heels."
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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