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TankHughes commented on the list killjoy-et-al
Hi everybody. I did my dissertation about this kind of exocentric verb-noun compound last year. Some linguists call them 'scarecrow compounds' because that's a popular example. They come from French and were mildly productive for a few hundred years. I made a list of all of them I could find in English - 483 in total, the newest of which is 'pesterchum.' The abstract for my dissertation is up on my site, tankhughes.com. Anyway. I know too much about this topic. This list and the comments make me happy. :)
September 7, 2013
TankHughes commented on the word alfin
Just learned about this word through reading about the history of bishop and the bishop piece in chess. It looks like al-fin was the Arabic for elephant in which 'al' is the definite article like 'the' in English. The chess piece used to look like an elephant, then changed to archer then bishop.
July 6, 2013
TankHughes commented on the list word-chemistry
I made this list too a while back, but I didn't include Arsenic or Krypton. Don't know how I missed 'em. http://tankhughes.com/?p=91
February 3, 2013
TankHughes commented on the word pomme de terre
It's French for potato. Lit "apple of the earth" where apple is a generic food word.
June 14, 2012
TankHughes commented on the list the-doctor-doctor-who
from the Christmas special, how about caretaker?
January 22, 2012
TankHughes commented on the word convowel
Hey marky- I started tagging words with 'vcccv' patterns in January 2010. I've also tagged words as ch sounds like k, rh, and one-dollar words. I know C and V are used academically for sounds and not letters, and I made some linguists mad, but I wasn't trying to record the sounds, and I don't know what other system I might have chosen. I think organizing things which appear unrelated can bring out new features that have not been visible or considered. Mendeleev, Linneaus and Roget are my heroes. I'm not saying I accomplished anything with this idea yet, but tagging words in this way (which mollusque called convowel) was very cathartic for me at the time and I'm happy I had wordnik as an outlet. I've been thinking about possible uses for this list recently. No success yet, but you can watch me flail on tankhughes.com.
December 10, 2011
TankHughes commented on the user squee
<3 hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. thanks for tagging cvcvcvcvcv!
May 12, 2011
TankHughes commented on the user TankHughes
Wow, thanks! Right now I have the time to contribute here and it amuses me. Thanks for the heads up on the error, I'm definitely human. I have a blog that, among other things, tracks the silly tags I've been adding on wordnik: http://tankhughes.blogspot.com/search/label/wordnik
February 14, 2010
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squee commented on the user TankHughes
who's my little paleoverbologist? <3
ruzuzu commented on the user TankHughes
Your tags are amazing. I adore the periodic symbol words.
November 7, 2010
mollusque commented on the user TankHughes
We're up to a thousand different consonant-vowel patterns now, tagged convowel.
March 5, 2010
Have you figured out how many different consonant-vowel patterns are possible? I've found representatives for a couple of dozen more patterns. Your tag for descriptive missed the last vowel (assuming it's yours).I've tagged vowel patterns in lots of words over the last couple of years. See the list descriptions for Panvocalics, Panvocalic euryvocalic, Monovocalics, and Double diphthongs etc. Let me know if you find any errors with my tags.OneLook might help your search for other patterns, such as words with bh.
February 16, 2010
Hi Bri,Love the consonant-vowel tagging! You've covered a lot of ground. I've been adding a few of the odder patterns. There's an extra c in your tag for down.