[Ads-l] A newish construction and a newish euphemism

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 4 03:04:36 UTC 2019

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T. Macci Plauti Trinummus, Page 135
Titus Maccius Plautus, ‎Joseph Henry Gray - 1897

A distinguished father paved his son's path to office, the son must
keep the road open for his descendants. 644. atque honor! posterorum
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On Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 10:47 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> Has anyone encountered cases in which one X’s *someone else’s* way somewhere as opposed to just X-ing one's own way there?  I heard this from Lester Holt on tonight’s NBC Nightly News, and while it’s clear what’s meant, I didn’t know one could say it this way.  He was describing the ongoing college admissions scandal and referred to Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman being arraigned in court on…
> “charges that they cheated their children’s way into college”.
> The euphemism is “edibles”, as in this Times piece:
> Obviously, an edible is transparently anything that one can eat, but in this sense it’s a bit like “drink” = ‘alcoholic beverage’.  One of my favorites along these lines is the option in some college residences of opting for a “substance-free" floor.
> LH
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