Talk:give someone the runaround

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I moved this article from "give one the runaround" since "one", like "one's" is used refexivly in dictionaries. Most print dictionaries I've noticed would use "sb" but on Wiktionary we avoid abbrevations. "Sombebody" seems better than "someone" / "some one" since it has only one modern spelling. — Hippietrail 05:07, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC)

"One" or "somebody" in verb phrases with direct objects[edit]

Hippietrail: I'm still fuzzy on how to distinguish things filed under "one" from things filed under "somebody", but now that you moved it, it seems very obviously correct. If you could explain a bit more, or suggest something for me to read, I will certainly make the effort to get it straight. I think we've done this sort of move before, and I'd like to understand the difference so you don't have to spend your time cleaning up after me. Anyhow, thanks for keeping me honest, as always. I do appreciate helps keep me from feeling like I'm flinging definitions into a void.--Dvortygirl 05:21, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC)

You're welcome. I don't have any reading suggestions - I guess I just picked it up after years of using lots of dictionaries. I did think up a bit of a way to help remember the difference though: "One picks one's nose and picks somebody else's brain." Okay so it's not very poetic and it doesn't even have a ring to it but it might get the job done until we think up something more elegant (-: — Hippietrail 00:00, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)