Date: Sun, 25 Jan 1998 16:05:14 +0000

From: Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EPIX.NET

Subject: Re: syntactic blends

At 02:49 PM 1/25/98 -0500, you wrote:

2) '"That's the how you got along".'---blended from "That's how you got

along" and "That's the way you got along." --spoken by Monica Lewinsky in a

taped conversation with Linda Tripp. The context as presented in the

newspaper is (with three dots and "sic" in the article): 'LEWINSKY: "I was

brought up with lies all the time...that's the (sic) how you got along...I

have lied my entire life".'

I question whether this is a blend, and I think they put the ellipsis in

the wrong place. That's the problem: except for Victor Borge, we do not

speak with punctuation. I suspect what she said was, "... that's the ...

[unable to think of the right word, changes gears] [that's] how you got


Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]