Does adjective complement of the object imply event already happened?

North Korea hates me, and wants me dead. (Correspondent Report, Aussie ABC) Does “wants me dead” mean “wants that I’ve already died and not existed”? If the sentence is rewritten as “wants me to die,” does it mean “wants me to die at any time from now”? Answer Want expresses not a retrospective unreal wish … Read more

What does the phrase ‘2000-never’ mean?

I came across this phrase today in a rather humorous column: The last time I did [something] … was 2000-never. I’ve never seen this construct before. My guess is, that this means, the author did something the last time before the year 2000. Is that correct? Could I get some more examples? Here is the … Read more