Posted by Neal on October 14, 2008
The Ridger, blogging at the Greenbelt, discusses a four-way ambiguity in the headline “Jury Convicts New York Man of Killing Wife for the Second Time”. This problem has piqued my interest, and I’m planning to post on it, but since it won’t be ready for a while, I’m linking to the Ridger’s post now.
If you liked this post on coordinated possessive pronouns, then be sure to check out Arnold Zwicky’s breakdown of the topic here.
A couple of months ago, I got to wondering about the origin of the idiom throw [someone] under the bus when I heard it several times in one week about Obama. Nathan Bierma (late of the Chicago Tribune) wrote this column on the subject.
Finally, if the nonsensical word Runescape made you wonder how the word (or suffix) –scape got so productive, read this column (with a great title) by Jan Freeman.