Thursday, November 4, 2010

Linguistic Reflections on Things Finished in the Past Couple of Days

I really owe you a post, and there's liable to be a few inserted in retrospect.  But in the meantime, here's a link to an article on shellacking-- in both its senses!-- that I just found on the BBC website:

"Who, What, Why: What Is a 'Shellacking'"?

Observe the paragraph on the use of construction terms to denote taking a severe beating.  I wonder how that got started, hmmm?

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