Some Language Humor

I was in Duluth, MN this past weekend & I was watching King of the Hill in my hotel room & heard this great line which I promptly copied into a notebook for later blogging usage. It’s Peggy Hill talking about herself, or trying to, anyhow.

Peggy Hilli is doing things I’vei never done on heri own.

What a gem. This utterance is meaning to say “Peggy Hill is doing things [that] she’s never done on her own.” But it’s another great example of deixis gone awry. And of course it’s more evidence that the average person does delight in language & word play. I should collect more examples & do a full blog entry, or squib, on its syntax.

I used to say, only on Facebook can a third person singular be coindexed with a first person possessive. “Megan Risdal is loving my new job!” And recently I heard someone say “I’m a dreamer with his head in the clouds.”

Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you. Happy Monday!

Megan L. Risdal



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