[Ads-l] Heard on a reality cop-opera

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 25 14:59:07 UTC 2016

> On Dec 25, 2016, at 4:28 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> An ADA speaks:
> "These are irreFYOOtable _evidences_."
> Not only is "irREFyootable," the pronunciation of _irrefutable_, but
> _evidence_ is countable.
> Of course, with very little effort, it's possible to find instances of
> _evidence_ as a count-noun dating back to at least 1586.

Reminds me of “researches”, which I used to find only in graduate applications from non-native-speakers but I think I’ve seen occasionally in recent years from non-non-native speakers…

> Further checking suggests that, though irREFyootable is
> acceptable, irreFYOOtable is preferred.
> I must say, as I enter my ninetieth dekkid, that it sucks to have outlived
> the currency of one's dialect.
> -- 
> -Wilson
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> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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