TankHughes has looked up 14879 words, created 20 lists, listed 511 words, written 13 comments, added 9699 tags, and loved 160 words.

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  • Yup bilby, the loosest interpretation of body parts should be used here. The goal is to make plain-looking words more interesting, like cockpit and earmuff. Have fun.

    If you want to list all of the bones in the human body, I probably can't stop you. Personally, I'm just hunting for the fun ones, not cataloging the whole species of compounds. But it's a free internet! Do what makes you happy.

    October 25, 2014

  • Welcome to Wordnik :)

    October 24, 2014

  • This is a confession. I've been adding some words, but not tagging 'behead.'

    October 16, 2014

  • Is this a scarecrow compound? It could be (a thing that) MAKES HAWKS. Or it could be a HAWK that MAKES new useful hawk soldiers for the falconers. OED this when I get home for sure.

    September 5, 2014

  • why did you make this list? It is a good list.

    I am trying to find words that are morphologically similar to stick-to-itiveness and I'm coming up blank so far. PHRASE+ADJ Marker+Noun Marker without having any history of an adjectival form... it baffles me.

    September 2, 2014

  • thanks hemesheir. Spurred by your comment, I've added more of the common and modern examples. I have a huge Excel spreadsheet of the 500+ I found in my research, but it doesn't seem helpful to list all of the obscure ones here.

    Interested parties can watch my 2013 Ignite Portland talk about these compounds: http://youtu.be/x1pYC0AAbJ0

    March 6, 2014

  • HA! Just noticed your list. i've made a similar list, because I found that most of the verbs that end in -ish in English comes from Old French stems that ended in -iss, and I'm writing up an explanation about it.

    December 17, 2013

  • I've found about 500 total, but this list sadly has 8.

    December 17, 2013

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • It's French for potato. Lit "apple of the earth" where apple is a generic food word.

    June 14, 2012

  • from the Christmas special, how about caretaker?

    January 22, 2012

  • 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

  • <3 hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. thanks for tagging cvcvcvcvcv!

    May 12, 2011

  • 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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  • who's my little paleoverbologist? <3

    May 12, 2011

  • Your tags are amazing. I adore the periodic symbol words.

    November 7, 2010

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    February 14, 2010