Date: Thu, 3 Nov 1994 23:09:10 -0800 From: Birrell Walsh Subject: Re: offending idioms On Thu, 3 Nov 1994, Judith Rascoe wrote: > re use of mangled euphemisms: I notice "homeless" used as a singular noun > "We had a homeless sleeping behind the store" and as a collective without a > preceding 'the': "that estimate includes commuters and shoppers but doesn't > include homeless". > This means it has the same pseudo-partitive usage that is accorded the word "staff" in social service agencies.