[Ads-l] TV dialogue: "We will lay waste your city!"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 2 12:21:15 UTC 2016

Maybe as an alternative we can promote "We will waste-lay your city!"


> On Nov 2, 2016, at 3:36 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> The relevant first page of GBooks has examples of _lay waste sth_ ranging
> in date from 1643 to 2012. The second page has the following:
> Garner's Modern English Usage - Page 555
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> Bryan Garner - 2016 - ‎Preview
> *lay waste.* The traditional idiom is an unusual one: either they laid
> waste the city or (a variant form) they laid the city waste. Lay is the
> verb; city is the object; and waste is an adjective serving as an objective
> complement.
> My impression  is that, usually, people say, "... lay waste _to_ your
> city," here of late. The impression that this is new gets some support from
> the fact that tThe relevant first page of GBooks has examples of "lay waste
> _to_ sth" ranging in date from 2001 to 2014.
> -- 
> -Wilson
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> 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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