an antedating "how to"? (UNCLASSIFIED)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 18 18:30:03 UTC 2014

On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> On Aug 18, 2014, at 1:44 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) wrote:
>> Does anyone on the list use this form?  It's something of a PITA
> Hey, I've never encountered that acronym before.  Useful, too--it =
> eloquently captures the feeling I have when my felafel falls apart.

It's come up here a few times over the years, including in James
Landau's onetime sig line, "The so-called subjunctive mood in English
is such a PITA that it should be served with falafel."


Ben Zimmer

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