Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 14:01:37 +0000
From: Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EPIX.NET
Subject: Re: "is is" (formerly "as best as")
At 01:28 PM 7/25/97 -0400, you wrote:
"The problem is is there are too many sheepdogs on the board of directors."
I have no problem with this, as long as the punctuation is right. "The
problem is: Is you is or is you ain't my baby."
What the reason the "as best as" thing reminded me of this is is (whew)
that I suspect "as best as" is similarly based on analogy from "to do x as
best one can/could/etc." (without the second "as").
But my complaint about this construction is the FIRST as. One does THE best
one can or as WELL as one can.
Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]epix.net