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  • “Birds,” 1556: entha kai Peisandros elthe deomenos psukhen idein, e zont ekeinon proulipe, k.t.l. where the poet has a fling at Socrates also:

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  • Russian for 'umbrella', a back-formation from zontik, originally 'umbrella', now 'small umbrella'; from Dutch zondek 'sun-cover' reanalyzed to drop a supposed diminutive suffix. (See Timothy Shopen, 2007, Language Typology and Syntactic Description, p. 49.)

    May 19, 2008