[Ads-l] for hyperbole fans

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 14 14:46:24 EDT 2019


> On Aug 14, 2019, at 2:35 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> How about rewriting it as:
> "He can bulldog _the_ buffalo on a nickel"?
> 
> 
Yup, I see I evidently did that, as did Andy.

LH
> 
> On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 10:26 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> 
>>> On Aug 14, 2019, at 10:18 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> 1934 Detroit Times (Nov. 5) (Editorial p.): Jim became head cattle buyer
>>> for Tex Rickard down in Paraguay. He can bulldog a buffalo on a nickel.
>>> 
>>> (I'd have said "off," though admittedly I've never tried this.)
>>> 
>> Maybe the idea is you bulldog the [buffalo on a nickel] until the buffalo
>> gets all wore out, then you bulldog it right off.
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> -Wilson
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