More dinty

Or, we can have archaic and eat it too:

“[B]y dint of” — does any American speaker of English actually use that? I only know it as an “English” translation of some French construction — which I have now forgotten. But of course the English phrase sticks in my head, and even though it may be archaic, it still fits some situations, so I use it.

I duly typed “by dint of” into the Google Custom Search box over in the sidebar, restricting it to just this domain. Got 857 results. Admittedly, some of them were for the same page — this happens when you have individual, monthly and category archives — but still, that’s more than a hint of dint.

Then there’s Antarctica’s Dint Island, within a handy 7 km of Vittoria Buttress.







6 comments

  1. JT »

    9 October 2012 · 9:53 am

    It’s funny seeing that Mapcarta’s advertising algorithms are either cute or clueless: “Enter your itinerary to find hotels in Antarctica”. I’m tempted to try that. It also reminds me of this: http://xkcd.com/713/

  2. CGHill »

    9 October 2012 · 10:36 am

    “either cute or clueless”

    The two are not mutually exclusive, after all.

  3. fillyjonk »

    9 October 2012 · 1:24 pm

    Okay. Maybe I was influenced by reading you. I can’t imagine that something from as far back as high school French I could be that close to the front of my cerebral cortex.

    That said, I really can’t think of many places I’ve noticed it used.

  4. CGHill »

    9 October 2012 · 1:46 pm

    I’m not persuaded that things line up that neatly: the brain has lots of locations to pull from, and I don’t think anyone really knows the specific sequencing in any particular incident unless it’s blatantly obvious.

    And actually, this is a formation I think I overuse (like “and actually,” actually).

  5. Roger Green »

    9 October 2012 · 8:17 pm

    I have, but not recently.

  6. nightfly »

    10 October 2012 · 10:51 am

    I always thought that Vittoria had a lovely buttress.

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