'The market is disappointed with the financial results for the first eight or nine months after the merger,' he said beneath a giant movie screen at the company's new Beach Cinemas complex on Queen St. E.
'We're a show-me stock right now and we have to deliver.'"
Rob Ferguson, "Alliance Atlantis Reassure Holders," The Toronto Star, September 2, 1999
"I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me."
I was surprised that only one person -- subscriber Bryan Fields -- wrote to comment on the inexplicable misuse of the word "nonplussed" in yesterday's citation:
"Yet he was nonplussed by the number of attacks on that single day last week. 'I think it's fairly typical,' he said."
The writer veteran journalist Gina Kolata of The New York Times is using nonplussed as a synonym for "unfazed," when it really means the opposite: "bewildered and at a loss as to what to think." This is a common error and, as I said to Bryan, I think the reason it happens is that the non- ("not") prefix makes it sound as though nothing happened ("the guy didn't get plussed"). It doesn't help that the -plussed part comes from the Latin root plus, which means "more." So the Latin phrase non plus means, "no more." The way I remember it is to think of some poor, bewildered soul throwing up his hands and saying "No more! No more!"
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