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OT: Monster Raving Loony (was Re: verbs?)

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Thursday, July 17, 2003, 23:30
Andreas Johansson wrote at 2003-07-18 00:22:32 (+0200)
 > Quoting "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...>:
 > > Quoting Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>:
 > >
 > > > PS A "monster raving loony language" is one that marks
 > > > intransitive subject different from both transitive subject and
 > > > transitive object, but the later two the same. My faith in
 > > > humanity's collective mental health was severely dented when I
 > > > learned of their existence.
 > >
 > > Do you have a citation on that? I'd love to know more about it.
 > Below's an old post from Tim May. The link at the bottom's where
 > the term "monster raving loony" comes from.
[old post from me, quoting old post from Apollo Hogan, and linking to
Justin Rye's page]

Thank you, Andreas.  I was about to look for that post myself.

Incidentally, given the international nature of this list, some
members may not recognize JBR's use of the phrase "monster raving
loony candidate" as a reference to the Official Monster Raving Loony
Party, who have since 1983 satirised the British political system by
issuing absurd manifestoes and fielding joke candidates in national
and local elections.,9061,494156,00.html


John Cowan <cowan@...>