[Ads-l] "a homeless"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 3 21:29:11 EST 2019


Early Cuyler, "star" of the Adult Swim animated cartoon, _Squidbillies_ :
The Way of the Clown.

"Let's me and you go to the park and set a fire to _a homeless_."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E431DlUj6fg
Feb 23, 2012
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On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 7:23 PM Mark Mandel <markamandel at gmail.com> wrote:

> "Homeless" is used as a singular noun in this *photo caption* in an NBC
> News article:
>
> A homeless begs for money on April 6, 2018 in New York.
> *Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / VIEW press/Corbis via Getty Images file*
>
> *Headline*:
> The City of Newark sues New York City, claims NYC is “coercing” homeless to
> move to New Jersey
> *Dec. 3, 2019, 1:28 PM EST /Updated Dec. 3, 2019, 3:33 PM EST*
> *•By David K. Li*
>
> *URL*:
>
> https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/city-newark-sues-new-york-city-claims-nyc-coercing-homeless-n1094986
>
> As confirmed by the text of the article, the same word in the headline is
> the usual plural, which normally has no singular. Note that the photo has
> no direct relation to the story, being over a year and a half older.
>
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-- 
-Wilson
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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

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