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#1 2017-09-23 10:31:42

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2617

some << sum

We haven’t really discussed “some of money” on the Forum. It’s quite a common replacement for “sum of money,” as you can see in this list of Google hits” for “large some of money.” Google ngram suggests that the switch happens in about a tenth of one percent of published sources.

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#2 2017-09-25 04:03:01

Peter Forster
From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 1019

Re: some << sum

More some/summary. It may be that ‘zero-some’ is being used like tiresome or lonesome in sum examples.

Unfortunately, Kenya has taken on a dangerous trajectory in which politics is being played as a zero-some game where winning, whatever the method, is all that matters.

But, the good news is that it’s not a zero-some game.

So we are in a situation where it’s a zero-some game. No matter which side you may be on. Such is the political landscape as we enter into the …



#3 2017-09-25 16:54:02

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1296

Re: some << sum

Peter Forster wrote:

It may be that ‘zero-some’ is being used like tiresome or lonesome in sum examples.

Or it may be that the perps are thinking one player will get zero and the other player will get some.



#4 2017-09-25 18:10:24

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2171

Re: some << sum

I think you’re right, Dixon. Which of course does not deny that Peter’s analysis may be right for some perps as well/instead.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



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