At last, "that"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Nov 13 03:55:38 UTC 2013

I deliberately chose to put "that" last to emphasize that it was the
species name I didn't think to look up.  But it's not OK for me in
casual speech.  Just the opposite of hw gray's English friend, but I
guess that's what for we fought the Revolution.

(I assume hw will notice, and understand, the inversion in my last
sentence above.)


At 11/12/2013 08:06 PM, hw gray wrote:

>On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> > Why didn't I look up that?!
>Why didn't you use
>"Why didn't I look that up?"
>Is "look up that" okay with you or is it a slip? I have an English friend
>who uses this structure in speech, but I've never seen it written, before.
>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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