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Over to Visit or Down to Visit?

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Alicia from Prairieville, New York, has a dispute with her new husband over the word over. She said, I’m going over to visit my dad, and he argued that because her father lives southeast of them, she should say going down to visit her dad. Is word over properly used to suggest directions that could be described more specifically? Prepositions in any language are tricky. Linguist John Taylor has written about meaning in such cases in terms of end points — and in this case, both speaker and hearer knew the starting point and end point under discussion, so the meaning was clear. This is part of a complete episode.

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