2020-02-14 05:06:16 UTC
Subject: Does English have an aorist tense?
In my wording of the passage below, what is the tense of MEANS and OBJECTS?
Not present tense, what? So, do they function like the Greek aorist?
Plain Jane was pretty per this claimed origin* of the expression:
"'I will come, then, Mrs. Sleaford' said Jane, 'if you'll take me
as I am — plain Jane Crosby.' 'Handsome Jane Crosby, anybody else
would say,' gallantly remarked [Mr] Sleaford. ' "
Plain was a pun in the above exchange. "I'm plain Jane Crosby"
MEANS "I'm just Jane Crosby." Mr. Sleaford, interpreting it
possibly facetiously as "I'm homely Jane Crosby" OBJECTS that
His interpretation found its way into popular use, probably because plain and Jane rhymed.
* Adapted from from this thread: