[Ads-l] "today years old"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 30 04:00:26 UTC 2020

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 10:53 PM Alice Faber <afaber at panix.com> wrote:

> On 6/26/20 5:02 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> >
> https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/today-years-old-learned-celebrity-140000571.html
> >
> >
> I've seen this construction for a few years now on Twitter. I just tried
> searching on the phrase "today years old" and scrolled back a few days,
> and hoo-boy is that a microcosm of, well, *something*.

"I was today years old" already felt like a familiar framing device on
Twitter when I wrote this Atlantic piece in Aug. 2018.



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