Retroactive - before a law goes into effect

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Nov 11 01:24:33 UTC 2012

On Nov 10, 2012, at 3:13 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

> On Nov 10, 2012, at 11:13 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:
>> On Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
>>> the law is being applied retroactively and it hasn't even taken effect yet, which seems to be a slight stretch of the normal use.
>> Benjamin, unless you're in your seventies - or should that be, "your
>> in you're seventies"? - getting  crotchety about language-change in
>> progress is not permitted! ;-)
> I went back and forth on this several times. I think your analysis of an onset of crotchetiness is best, thank you.
The only remaining question is whether the crochetiness will apply retroactively.


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