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]epix.net