Decontextualized positive "that"

hw gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 2 06:09:34 UTC 2013

"Sounds more like Tweedledee. Tweedeldum isn't that smart."

During The War, we children - the fight against calling immature
people "baby goats," like the fight against calling a house a "home,"
had not yet been lost - were taught,

"It sounds more like Tweedledee. Tweedeldum isn't so smart as that."

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

The American Dialect Society -

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