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Re: Olympics [winningest]

Post by Ken Greenwald » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:42 am

Damn, And all these years I've been thinking of "most successful Olympian" in terms of the greatest contributors to science. I must be in the minority!
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Post by spiritus » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:25 am

Erik_Kowal wrote:... hell, if you're setting out to offend people's linguistic sensibilities, you ought at least to do so shamelessly!
With that context in mind, I think, when one is determined to offend people's linguistic sensibilities, "...you ought at least to do so with extreme shamelessness". ;-)

(Thank you Phil H. Phil White, for the comparison of adjectives rule and thank you Ken, for the winningest Olympian stat.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:46 am

Thank you Phil H., for the comparison of adjectives rule...
Another case of the well-known interchangeability of H and W:

George H. / George W.
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Post by spiritus » Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:56 am

Oh shit! I extend my sincere apologies Mr. White. Damn you "Eric".
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Post by trolley » Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:18 pm

To quote the infamous sprinter Ben Johnson, upon being accused
"What? I ain't take no stereo, mon"
He was Canada's greatest hero for about a day and a half. Then he quickly became "That damned cheatin' Jamaican!"
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Post by russcable » Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:31 pm

Phil White wrote:Of course, maybe Americans have just read too much George Orwell:
Comparison of adjectives was invariably made by adding -er, -est (good, gooder, goodest), irregular forms and the more, most formation being suppressed.
1984
The appendix to 1984 seems to contradict itself since there is supposed to be only one word for any concept so doubleplusgood and goodest should not co-exist.
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Re: Olympics [winningest]

Post by Phil White » Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:53 pm

russcable wrote:The appendix to 1984 seems to contradict itself since there is supposed to be only one word for any concept so doubleplusgood and goodest should not co-exist.
Not sure that an adjective plus intensifier is the same concept as the superlative of the adjective.
"extremely good" ≠ "best"

The fact that Ben Johnson was doubleplusdishonest doesn't make him the dishonestest athlete.

Although I don't feel particularly sorry for the guy, four of the top five finishers in Seoul in 1988 tested positive at some point in their careers. Only Ben Johnson was stripped of his titles. At least he put his hands up (later during the enquiry) and said "okay, I did it."
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:48 pm

Following Phil's link above also led me to one about the "huck 'n' buck", a body posture that is apparently common in American football.
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