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#1 2013-03-12 09:33:09

JuanTwoThree
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Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 314

More fool. More fall.

More fall him for getting into so many scrapes and situations throughout his career.

If someone buys it with whats available, more fall them.

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#2 2013-03-12 15:34:50

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2101

Re: More fool. More fall.

“More fall them” is surprisingly common.

At least one example of play me for a fall. (i won’t let melancholy play me for a fall.)

Many examples of “fall around with” for “fool around with.” Google search.

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#3 2013-03-12 19:11:16

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1166

Re: More fool. More fall.

Until I read closely, I thought your first hit was an eggcorn for the verb fault. I wonder whether fool, fall, full, fault, and maybe foul are a mix-n-match collection.

“And whose fall is that, moron?” he said angrily before storming to his room.
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So, whose fall is that? It is an outrage, a national outrage and a tragedy for you to scoop this low
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#4 2013-03-28 20:49:03

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 930

Re: More fool. More fall.

Whadda y’all make of this: moreful. Is it something like too much, over the top, characteristic maybe? A cousin of awful?

I still attend the event each year (I guess moreful me) but just think it is a shame the guest limit is not capped as much.
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Also, there were no usb/firewire cables in the box. I didnt really expect there to be, but for an expensive bit of kit I hoped that maybe there would be. Moreful me!
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Not sure of the Tarantino feel, as I am not sure of his ‘style’ . . . moreful me I hear you cry!
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And still to this very day girls complain about boys when they go for the bellends instead of the decent lads.. Moreful you
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that poor dog, egged on then told not to bite…...................moreful you when he attacks someone let alone a child!
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#5 2013-03-28 22:23:31

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2101

Re: More fool. More fall.

Moreful. Makes sense. More full of it.

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#6 2013-04-02 00:05:23

fpberger
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Registered: 2006-08-16
Posts: 130

Re: More fool. More fall.

Maybe related to mournful? But I would pronounce the “ful” in mournful very differently than the “fool” in “more fool I”. There must be regional pronunciations where full and fool are homonyms?

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#7 2013-04-02 01:10:06

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1166

Re: More fool. More fall.

Google sleuthing shows the hits are from UK, UK, Italy, UK, and UK.Maybe Peter or Juani can help us out here next time they’re through.

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#8 2013-04-02 20:31:33

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1751
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Re: More fool. More fall.

Nothing terribly eggcornish about it (though it certainly shows a semantic restructuring that apparently made sense), but the case markings on this phrase are noteworthy. I think (without researching it: so I am a perp if wrong on this) that the standard or original form would be something like “more fool he”, i.e. ‘he is (shown to be) a greater fool’, and similarly “more fool(s) we/I/she/they”, but for a lot of people it apparently feels right to say “more fool him (/us/me/her/them)”, i.e. (I think) “somebody has (is shown to have) fooled him (/me/etc.) more, made him (/me/etc.) a greater fool”. Falling (or being befallen) into foolery one way or another, I suppose.
(This is of course but one of many restructurings of this sort, going both ways but most often changing a subject [nominative] construal to an object [accusative or dative] construal.)


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we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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#9 2013-04-06 12:34:34

JuanTwoThree
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Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 314

Re: More fool. More fall.

I wouldn’t say that fall full and fool were homonymous but they are perhaps closer in British RP than in other pronunciations; in fast connected speech:

More fool you

More full you

More fall you

come out fairly close to each other. Speaking for myself.

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