Truncation alert

Marilyn Martin writes with an example of a truncation that had previously escaped my notice:

From THE DAILY BEAST this morning:

Samuel P. Jacobs – Thu Feb 17, 11:37 pm ET

NEW YORK – The superstar GOP senator reveals he suffered sexual abuse in his new memoir.

Samuel P. Jacobs on his new book and the beginning of Brown’s re-election campaign.

That Brown decided to write a memoir which reveals such details from his personal life is unusual. For one, the political memoir as it is currently practiced tends to be a self-serving white paper with sanitized, white-picket fence accounts of the author’s life. The early leaks suggest that this is a very different kind of book, at least in its most attention-grabbing places, one with the potential to humanize a public official.

For one can of course be elliptical, if there is a suitable noun in the preceding context to supply a missing head noun for the determiner one. But there is none in this context, and we have to understand for one as a truncated version of the discourse marker for one thing, which would fit just fine in the passage above.

For one then goes along with other end-truncated constructions and idioms: as far as, no matter, the whole nine, etc., discussed here.

There are undoubtedly other instances out there, but they’re really hard to search for.


One Response to “Truncation alert”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    Marilyn Martin comments in e-mail: “And I, for one, do not welcome that new truncation.”

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