Date: Sat, 15 Apr 1995 01:42:59 -0700
From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM
Subject: need of gerunds
Now I'm doubting my own recollections. Several have written that "X needs
a washing" is grammatical in their dialects. Is "X needs washing" grammatical
in the dialects of anybody? I'm not alone out here, am I?
Yo. (Illinois/California, parents Indiana.)
Donald Lance cites
Ozark Airlines (taken over by TWA) = Krazo Airlines
Where was it so called? I never heard that in my hometown
(served by Slozark at CMI Willard).
Then, of course, came the purely fictional airlines of standup comics, towit:
Bob Newhart - The Grace L. Ferguson Airlines and Storm Door Co.
Lenny Bruce - Non-Skeddo Airlines
the Verrifast company of Luigi & Dino Vercotti
ObFood: Wayne Glowka wrote:
. . . . The coconut is cracked by
heating it in the oven. What would the microwave do to it?
Well, it might cause the liquid to boil -- which is what makes popcorn.
Dad used to take a coconut out to the patio and fling it against a
cinderblock wall. He called this "the hallowed time-tested method."
He being a physicist, I'm surprised he never hit on the oven technique.
On the euphemistic frontal stressing of the planet, though, the
alternative--replacing "Your Anus" with "Urinous"--doesn't completely
solve the problem.
Across the pond it probably does -- you know how they pronounce "urinal"?
*\\* Anton Ubi scriptum?