Grandson of "is is"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 7 18:46:32 UTC 2011

On Sat, May 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> Last year I alerted you to the "son of 'is is'." Â Today on NPR a faormer law
> student and White House intern, agae about thirty, excalimed:
> "I'll tell you what happened was!"
> This was followed by a pause long enough to show that a new thought/sentence
> was about to begin.
> (He did not say, "I'll tell you - what happened was, blah blah blah blah
> blah blah.")
> JL
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> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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Well, you have to understand that what it is is, is that the speaker
needed an extra second or two to collect his thoughts.

(For real, y'all! The above sentence does *not* grate on my ears. But
it does *look* a little strange, written down.)

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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