[Ads-l] Q: "lumping the team ... much chance ..."?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 15 13:49:59 EST 2016


It’s “lumping” that’s weird here.  The sense, I assume, is essentially

‘’…they [the Giants, because of the imbalance between their strong defense and inconsistent offense] have given observers pause in terms of granting the team tied with [others in having] the fifth-best record in the NFL much chance of doing damage…”

The “give…pause” has the negativity required for “much chance”.  But how “lumping” might mean “granting” I can’t say.  And it’s still pretty clumsy in terms of the syntax.

LH



> On Dec 15, 2016, at 12:18 PM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
> 
> From Yahoo Sports, Eric Edholm, Shutdown Corner, Dec 14, 2016, 12:06 PM:
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> The 9-4 New York Giants are a mystery wrapped in an enigma, or something along those lines, and they have given observers a lot of pause in terms of lumping the team tied with the fifth-best record in the NFL much chance of doing damage in the postseason.
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> "lumping the team ... much chance of doing damage"?
> 
> Joel
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