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 Sunday, December 13 2009 @ 12:46 AM UTC  
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Quote by: Zolotisty

Y'all still have to do some ex post facto stamp collecting, otherwise, you've just got a big pile of percentage stamps.

OK. The opposite of out of isn't in, it's in to. The of and to denote changing situations. In this case, character can metaphorically contain the subject. One goes into or comes out of character. Or statically, one can be in character or out character...whoops. So the opposite of out of is both in and in to.

There are isomorphisms with other languages. They may be cognate. They may be borrowed. In the end, the real reason I say out of is that my mother said it, and not enough of my peers disagreed to make me stop saying it when I got older.

And shame on you, HM.

A Berkeley linguistics degree has to count for something.

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I can open an imported beer with a cigarette lighter. Does that count?

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 Sunday, December 13 2009 @ 01:09 AM UTC  
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Quote by: monsterzero

I can open an imported beer with a cigarette lighter. Does that count?


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 Wednesday, December 16 2009 @ 10:55 AM UTC  
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I haven't been reading it long, but I'd be surprised if the blog Language Log hasn't had a post at some point about this. I'm amazed that I even read it, considering how much I dislike the English language, and grammar in particular.

That being said, I'd have to agree with monsterzero. You're "in"(side) your character, and then your "out"(side) your character, kind of like 1st and 3rd person.

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