[Ads-l] More "box set"

Kathleen Lamantia kathleen_lamantia at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 13 11:18:35 EDT 2020


I suspect that it's not editing.  So far as I can tell, no one hears the "ed" at the end of modifiers anymore.  "Boxed" and "downed" and most other words of this construction are on their way to the ash heap.  Those of us who know and care are fewer and fewer. Very sad.

It's not as bad as using apostrophes to pluralize, but it is a real phenomenon.

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Subject: Re: More "box set"

Ah yes, that seems likely. Thanks.

 Mark Mandel

On Sun, Apr 12, 2020, 10:59 PM Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am a little bit familiar with NWS bulletins, so I wanted to make sure the
> original bulletin was correct. It was, saying that "(D)amaging winds will
> blow down trees and power lines."
>
> Looks to me like the newspaper did a bad cut-and-paste, or forgot to add
> the 'ed' to 'down'.
>
> On Sun, Apr 12, 2020, 10:27 PM Mark Mandel <markamandel at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > "Down trees" for "downed trees".
> >
> >
> >
> https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.phillyvoice.com%2Fhigh-wind-warning-national-weather-service-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-delaware%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C121a752d2afc43b1a85e08d7dfba5c61%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637223863806848664&sdata=EbZc85TeclfnayU%2F2xKiGVgEEGEI5CV24tVBozMxwZM%3D&reserved=0
> > >>>>>
> > APRIL 12, 2020
> >
> > A high wind warning has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS)
> > for the Greater Philadelphia region on Monday that could cause widespread
> > power outages due to *down trees* and power lines.
> > <<<<<
> >
> > Reminds me of the old riddle:
> > Q: How do you get down from a tree?
> > A: You don't get down from a tree, you get down from a goose.
> >
> > MAM
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