Talk:fall between two stools
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As stated definition implies that the subject is an actor. AFAICT the subject is a thing. New sense reflects my sense of def, confirmed roughly by OneLook sources. DCDuring TALK 15:58, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
- Sheesh, if one can find a cite for "he fell between two stools" and one for "she", one should be able to find a few with proper nouns and other forms of the verb. We need some Bayesian reasoning protocols to save attestation effort. DCDuring TALK 21:39, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
- Cited. I wasn't familiar with this expression, but from what I gather of the etymology, subject==agent makes more sense, so maybe that usage is older? —RuakhTALK 21:43, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
- Perhaps so. BTW, the 2003 cite could be taken as a metonymous use of the first sense, with the film-maker's film project rather than the film-maker himself "falling between two stools". I find that reading more natural. Does the other sense need an RfV? To me it does not, but it is also not very common. DCDuring TALK 22:15, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
- I don't think so. No named task is being attempted. Although the subject is an actor, the definition should more closely resemble the first. Instead of "categories" they are "roles". DAVilla 11:58, 16 October 2010 (UTC)