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CONLANG  April 2004, Week 2

CONLANG April 2004, Week 2

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Re: USAGE: English adverbials 'the heck', 'the hell', etc.

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Gary Shannon scripsit:

> What the hell, why not add these as well:
>
> Like hell you are!
> ??Like heck you are!
> *Like f**k you are!
>
> He ran like hell.
> He ran like heck.
> *He ran like f**k.

I find all of these six equally grammatical (though the contexts of
acceptability vary, to be sure).

--
Said Agatha Christie / To E. Philips Oppenheim  John Cowan
"Who is this Hemingway? / Wh