So true–and probably why I never get a second date…
When most people tell you they think words are so fascinating, they have in mind items like “canoodle” and “serendipity.” When linguists say it, they have in mind, like, “the.” https://t.co/jPHwQKoI2W
— Geoffrey Nunberg (@GeoffNunberg) January 3, 2018
Nunberg is a super-serious linguist, by the way–and an unusual one, in that he has been very successful in bringing real linguistics to the general public. Check out his Wikipedia page here.
What’s so interesting about “the”? Go ahead–tell me what it means. Hell, forget what it means–just tell me how you know when to–and when not to–use it.