[Ads-l] Urban legend? Or fact?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 6 11:42:05 EDT 2016

On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM, Jim Parish <jparish at siue.edu> wrote:

> I'm not so sure: "his beloved books" and similar constructions seem to me
> to call for the trisyllable.

I agree with that. OTOH,

"the deceased was _belov'd_ by all"

is annoying. WTF does prefixing _be-_ to _loved_ add to - or subtract from
- the meaning of simple _loved_?

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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