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by zmjezhd
Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Loanwords
Replies: 15
Views: 3827

Re: Loanwords

The thing I like about the word loanword is that it is a calque (or loan translation) of the German linguistic term Lehnwort.
by zmjezhd
Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: History of English, prefix/suffix changes
Replies: 18
Views: 9569

Re: History of English, prefix/suffix changes

how does "he did walk" manage the jump to "he walk -ed"?

It did not, as Erik explained above. The suffix -ed predates periphrastic do / did construction. The former is used in Old English and the latter in Early Middle English.
by zmjezhd
Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Xero- or Xeri-?
Replies: 8
Views: 8135

Re: Xero- or Xeri-?

Ken, I'm not quite sure why you keep giving zer - as a transliteration of ξηρος ( ksēros ) 'dry'. Ξ (ξ) is pretty much transliterated as x or ks . Ζ (ζ) as z . (To make things more interesting, ζ was thought ot have been pronounced as an affricate in Classical Greek /dz/, although I have never seen ...
by zmjezhd
Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: noun + noun (ie noun modifiers)
Replies: 13
Views: 3113

Re: Noun noun

Just seems like normal nominal compounding to me, like diesel car, steam shovel, baby sitter or truck driver.
by zmjezhd
Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Offensive or Bad Joke?
Replies: 10
Views: 5978

Re: Offensive or Bad Joke?

When I went to the Spotify site, the login dropdown gives me two choices: (1) Log in with Facebook and (2) Log in using Spotify details. (I am not a member or user of Spotify.)
by zmjezhd
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Duck
Replies: 5
Views: 3034

Re: Duck

Not quite sure what's so funny about the picture or the toy but carry on.
by zmjezhd
Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Linguistics, Pinker, 'auxiliary'
Replies: 11
Views: 6402

Re: Linguistics, Pinker, 'auxiliary'

I would classify the is in "A unicorn is in the garden" as a copula (link), but the is in "The cat is sitting on the mat" an auxiliary verb (link), but, perhaps, one of the other linguists on board can explain what Pinker means.
by zmjezhd
Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Scram
Replies: 13
Views: 3420

Re: Scram

We have seven vowels as opposed to English with paltry five ;-) I see the smily, but for the record, English has way more than "five" vowels, phonologically speaking. (Our vowels get represented by the old standard five in orthography.) Take a look at the chart on the right on this page . General A...
by zmjezhd
Thu May 26, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Adjective before Noun, right?
Replies: 13
Views: 4184

Re: Adjective before Noun, right?

Come to think of it, both present and perfect are adjectives (present and past participles) in Latin. They modify tempus 'time; tense' which has since been elided.
by zmjezhd
Thu May 26, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Adjective before Noun, right?
Replies: 13
Views: 4184

Re: Adjective before Noun, right?

There are some adjectives in some phrases that come after the noun they modify. Many they tend to be from French and came via Anglo-Norman, the language of the Court and the courts in England. But Latin also contributed. court martial, courts martial knight errant poet laureate etc. More examples on...
by zmjezhd
Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Early 20th century erotic slang
Replies: 3
Views: 4642

Re: Early 20th century erotic slang

You might look at Frank Harris' My Life and Loves (1922), a little late, and Anonymous' My Secret Life (1888), a little too early.
by zmjezhd
Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gallus
Replies: 19
Views: 4482

Re: Gallus

gallus

Could it be callous misspelled?
by zmjezhd
Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Tri -/ Tribe / tribunal / triumvir /swear / trial
Replies: 13
Views: 3608

Re: Tri -/ Tribe / tribunal / triumvir /swear / trial

For what it's worth, the connection between Latin tribus and the PIE root for 'three' is not certain. for one thing, there's the -b- to account for. Not syaing there may not have been some folk etymological connection for the Romans ... And, trial has nothing to do with 'three'.
by zmjezhd
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spoofing
Replies: 10
Views: 1885

Re: Spoofing

There's another slightly different meaning in IT, from the Jargon File: (spoof).
by zmjezhd
Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: There going there
Replies: 15
Views: 3117

Re: There going there

when I started posting .. way back whenever I developed my own style and that included the double dot pause/connector thingy .. Well, thank goodness for that. So by traditionalist, you mean whatever you feel like doing. How is that different from the sentiment in the opening post? This must be one ...