[Ads-l] ADJ + of = a + ADJ

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 18 00:00:39 UTC 2018

Reporter on _All Things Considered_ (from memory 20 mins. later):

"Does the European Union believe Donald Trump is reliable of an ally?"

(It might mean "reliable *as* an ally," but I suspect it's been extended
from constructions like "as reliable of an ally as...")

A slip of the tongue? Sure didn't sound like it.



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