Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Nov 6 23:33:57 UTC 2013

At 11/6/2013 01:51 PM, hw gray wrote:

>On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM, Jonathan Lighter
><wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:
> > CNN says the NJ mall gunman "random-fired six shots."
> >
> > This kind of thing is a syntactical innovation rather than a series of
> > neologisms. So I'm sure that Arnold has already addressed it.
> >
> > FWIW, the first such construction I ever noticed was ca1976 when a clerk in
> > the campus bookstore said she'd have to "special-order" something for me.
> > It really sounded strange.
> >
>Somehow, "special-order" sounds completely fine, but the others are really
>*strange*, especially "barefoot-run"! It should be "barefootED-run." ;-)

Or "barefoot boy [with cheeks of tan] run", in stereotypical movie


>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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