Newsgroups: alt.usage.english, sci.lang
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:44:50 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Thurs, Oct 4 2012 3:44 pm
Subject: Re: square meters Re: Olympic question(s)
On Oct 5, 12:44 am, "Peter T. Daniels" <gramma...@verizon.net> wrote:
> On Oct 3, 11:53 pm, "benli...@ihug.co.nz" <benli...@ihug.co.nz> wrote:I still don't see why "he saw the hand writing on the wall" is not a
> > On Oct 4, 4:21 pm, "Peter T. Daniels" <gramma...@verizon.net> wrote:
> > > That might have been appropriate if the discourse topic had been
> > ? You mean that "the hand writing on the wall" was not an omen?-
> A rather ghoulish one. When someone says "And she saw the handwriting
reasonable allusion to the Biblical story by way of one of its key
elements. Of course its proverbial use nowadays usually does not
include the word "hand". But someone who knew the story might well
include it. And that would be less odd, it seems to me, than
"handwriting", which has occasioned all this discussion.
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