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Subject:Re: Another think coming From:Sarah Mahoney <smahoney -at- U -dot- WASHINGTON -dot- EDU> Date:Tue, 1 Feb 1994 09:22:13 -0800
RE: Magazine Article With "Think" Version
All right, all right. I surrender! I have to admit that I wrote that
message BEFORE I read about all those people out there who accept the
"thing" version of the statement. I had honestly NEVER in my life
heard the "thing" version, and so I thought it was a typo. I realize
the error of my ways, and have become a much more open-minded person
as a result of this discussion! The lesson I've learned: never
assume yours is the only way...
> Sarah Mahoney is in high dudgeon because some proofreader let "another think
> coming" appear in print in a magazine. What was the full context, Sarah?
> I feel fairly sure that "think" is proper, if one hears the expression as I
> did: it occured as admonition to a misbehaving child. "If you think you're
> going to get away with [supply venal or mortal sin here], young man, you've
> got another think coming."
> That's the only context I remember strongly hearing that expression in. It's
> the "nouning" of _think_ that makes it memorable.
> Can those of you who favor _thing_ supply us explain more clearly the
> under which the expression is used, or what "thing" is supposed to be coming?
> If we can't settle this question by May, I'm gibving up on it. :=>