End of ADS-L Digest - 8 May 1996 to 9 May 1996 ********************************************** There are 14 messages totalling 321 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. out-of-pocket (5) 2. singular 'we' 3. a completely unangry response.. (2) 4. words in -gry 5. new word? (2) 6. English Only Amendment (3) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 05:41:23 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: out-of-pocket > > The only use of out-of-pocket in my active vocabulary is to refer to > > expenses incurred in the course of doing the boss's job for which an > > employee may or may not receive reimbursement. In other words, a gift or > > With this meaning, I find that it's usually in an attributive slot, > preceding a noun like "expenses." In my experience, "out of pocket" > as a predicate adjective nearly always refers to a person and means > something like "not around at the moment." > --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu) the "expenses" meaning is the only one i have, but it's not just pre- nominal. it can be used adverbially, as in "we paid for the refreshments out-of-pocket." lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]muse.arts.wits.ac.za Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA