to leave = 'to leave a bequest to'

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 1 16:24:26 UTC 2011

Isn't this more like "leave in place", which is a variant of leave==place?
(i.e., I will include them in my will) Without further context, it's hard to


On Sun, May 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> The Salvation Army is running a commercial urging you to leave them your
> money when you're dead.  An old guy tells an off-camera interviewer, "I am
> choosing to leave them in my will. I have chosen to leave them in my will."
> No context suggests (or, since this a TV commercial, ever would suggest)
> that he'd ever thought about cutting the SA out of his will. Thus "leave,"
> as above.
> JL

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