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Cry, the Beloved Adjective

Posted by Word Camel on March 28, 2002

In Reply to: Found phrase - push parenting posted by ESC on March 28, 2002

: "Push parenting," a phrase from a review of "The Trouble with Perfect" by Dr. Elisabeth Guthrie (Broadway Books). "It's an unfortunate fallout of 'push parenting' that your high school student really can't take the SATs these days without taking some kind of preparatory course, Guthrie said." From The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), March 28, 2002.

Why not "pushy parenting"? Would it be so hard to add the "y"? This sort of thing drives me nuts.