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by zmjezhd
Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: multi-word nouns?
Replies: 15
Views: 7909

Re: multi-word nouns?

'Black bird' is not a compound noun but an adjective + noun string, perhaps used commonly enough to be termed a collocation. Yes, but I was just trying to widen the field a bit. I think that any theory that will hold true for compound words made up of only nouns, should apply to adjectives and noun...
by zmjezhd
Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: multi-word nouns?
Replies: 15
Views: 7909

Re: multi-word nouns?

The way I've always come to terms with compounds of all sorts, is that the phrase itself takes the part-of-speech-ness of its head. I am sure I was influenced by X-Bar theory at some point early on. English orthography is a mess at best. I have never much been concerned with how compounds appear in ...
by zmjezhd
Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Marriage
Replies: 11
Views: 2102

Re: Marriage

Group marriage (link).
by zmjezhd
Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Frigid
Replies: 9
Views: 2861

Re: Frigid

I always wondered if Frigid and Frig were in some way related to Frigga, the Germanic goddess of love, but I can't find a cognate-cousin in the etymological family tree, which seems strange to me. Nope. Latin frigidus (ppl. of frigeo 'to be cold') is from PIE root * (s)rei - 'cold, frost', cf. Gree...
by zmjezhd
Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hitler's use of language
Replies: 8
Views: 5361

Re: Hitler's use of language

Ken, if you're interested in language and Nazis, you might want to take a look at Victor Klemperer's book (mentioned by Larson in your quotation) Language of the Third Reich (LTI Lingua Tertii Imperii): A Philologist's Notebook. Klemperer was Jewish and after he was banned from his job as a professo...
by zmjezhd
Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Double, Triple, Five times?
Replies: 25
Views: 5291

Re: Double, Triple, Five times?

Quintuple?
by zmjezhd
Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: squaring the circle
Replies: 10
Views: 2712

Re: squaring the circle

There is a delightful book, by Augustus De Morgan, A Budget of Paradoxes (link), which is a collection of short pieces he wrote about various folks who thought they had squared the circle. Budget is an old word for 'wallet'.
by zmjezhd
Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: singular 'their'
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

Re: singular 'their'

Singular generic they has been used since Chaucer's time and by some rather good authors (see MWDEU). It even shows up in the King James version of the Bible.
by zmjezhd
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Computational linguists
Replies: 5
Views: 2622

Re: Computational linguists

One that's humour related?

One can always hope ...
by zmjezhd
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Computational linguists
Replies: 5
Views: 2622

Re: Computational linguists

Pretty funny. Just the other day I ran across this blog link.. I found it funny, but in a scary, obsessional way. I notice the roll-over text on the XKCD comic mentions Ryan North who also has a comic which is language-related, i.e., Dinosaur Comics (link).
by zmjezhd
Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hitherto - an adjective?
Replies: 6
Views: 2563

Re: hitherto - an adjective?

But why can't we allow Erik to label a word used as a noun a noun?

I say let him. We just need to remember that the label is not a property of the word but a description of how it is being used in a grammatical sentence.
by zmjezhd
Tue May 15, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: open kimono / full kimono
Replies: 4
Views: 2829

Re: open kimono

Kimono has an interesting etymology in Japanese. The suffix - mono is used with verb stems (like ki - from kuru 'to wear' in a manner close to English - able . Kimono means literally 'wearable [thing]'. Morphologically, it's still rather productive: e.g., tabemono 'food' (< taberu 'to eat', tsukemon...
by zmjezhd
Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: relationship to / relationship with
Replies: 9
Views: 20615

Re: relationship to / relationship with

The entry on different from, than, to (link) in the MWDEU is well worth reading. For instance, I was pleasantly surprised that Fowler defends the use of different to (also mentioned in Edwin's link).
by zmjezhd
Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Nine foreign words the English language desperately needs
Replies: 3
Views: 4838

Re: Nine foreign words the English language desperately needs

Finnish Pilkunnussija is closer to the English nit-picker or pedant in meaning, which is a wider category than grammar nazi. It is similar to the French term enculeur des mouches 'fly-bugger'.
by zmjezhd
Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Stakhanovite
Replies: 2
Views: 1877

Re: Stakhanovite

There's a great movie about a Polish Stakhonovite (Mateusz Birkut) called Man of Marble by Andrzej Wajda. It was made in '76.