[Ads-l] "dancing fool" 'a fool for dancing'

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sun Apr 28 04:47:35 UTC 2019

Many thanks to all those on this list who provided material on this subject, but especially Garson O'Toole and Ben Zimmer. I've re-worked some of the material and folded it into one section of this (long and complex) posting on my blog:

4/27/19: A standout in his shorts:


(warning: heavy with very plain language about men's bodies and mansex)

There are some topics in there that would surely repay further study: the "V-ing FOOL" pattern and the "fool for N" pattern, in particular.  (and some of this should get worked into revisions of the OED's "fool" entry.)


> On Apr 26, 2019, at 7:52 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote: ...

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