[Ads-l] for hyperbole fans

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 15 00:26:58 EDT 2019


> Maybe the idea is you bulldog the [buffalo on a nickel] until the buffalo gets
all wore out, then you bulldog it right off.

> Allegèdly, Butch buffaloed the bulldog (Petey) on a nickel dare.

> How about rewriting it as "He can bulldog the buffalo _on_ a nickel"?

Hmm. Yes, I see it, now. You evidently did that, as did Andy. Thank you for
calling it to my attention. I regret that that, somehow, escaped my notice.

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 2:48 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > 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.
> >>
> >> ------------------------------------------------------------
> >> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
> >>
> >
> >
> > --
> > -Wilson
> > -----
> > 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
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>


-- 
-Wilson
-----
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

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list