RE: A whole "nother" issue

Subject: RE: A whole "nother" issue
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: "'Rochelle McAndrews'" <rmcandrews -at- csiu -dot- org>, "'Richard Mateosian'" <xrmxrm -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2010 01:25:27 +1000

From: Rochelle McAndrews

> As far as changing the rules of English usage and poor usage being a
> drag on the profession, please tell me:
> Where can I find a definition for the word "nother"?!
> As used in: "...a whole nother issue."
> Why do so many people separate the "a" from the "nother"? This is a
> special pet peeve of mine. I even heard a network newscaster say it a
> few weeks ago.
> Wouldn't more correct usage be: "another whole issue" or "a whole
> separate issue"?

Well, yes of course it would. I've assumed a shared joke here. We've all
heard radio announcers say it, and it's funny when they don't quite know
what they're saying.

But as for you -- you need to apply for an irony licence and wait your turn
in line.

Michael West


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