[Ads-l] Urban legend? Or fact?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 6 14:41:38 EDT 2016

On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 2:14 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> it struck a sour note hearing George Wendt described here as a "TV icon
> who is belov├Ęd by all right-thinking Americans".

You aren't just a bird-turding! It certainly does jar the ear. Clearly,
that "sentence-partial" - a quick Googling suggests that this term is/was
peculiar to "English grammar" as taught at the high school that I attended,
1950-54 - should have been spoken as, "TV icon who is _loved_ by all
right-thinking Americans."
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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