Plural adjective to avoid unintended meaning

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Dec 24 18:32:18 UTC 2013

At 12/24/2013 09:35 AM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
> > The transcript at
> "And so we had a wonderful casting, extra casting agent and also,
> you know, extras casting agent who brought us wonderful faces and
> we were able to see who we really, you know, could work with."
>"extra casting agent" is ambiguous, between a reading with "extra"
>as an adjective 'surplus' and "extra" as a noun referring t,o an
>actor.  "extras casting agent" has the noun.

An "extras-casting agent" would not confuse or bother me.

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