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  • Your discussion of this kind of intransitive use reminds me of a phrase often used in relation to tea: “The cup that cheers.” This apparently derives from a poem written by William Cowper in 1785: “And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn / Throws up a steamy column, and the cups / That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each…”

    A more modern intransitive use, although it’s different from the type you mention in this post, is when someone says “You like?” instead of “Do you like this?” I’ve noticed this being used by one of the presenters of a TV programme that helps people find a house to buy – I don’t know how widespread the use is.