box set

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Wed Jan 30 20:45:27 UTC 2002

--On Wednesday, January 30, 2002 3:21 pm -0500 Mark A Mandel
<mam at THEWORLD.COM> wrote:

> I see references to "box sets" of books and CDs rather than the "boxed
> sets" I'm used to, and likewise "bottle water" instead of "bottled
> water". Is there a trend to simplifying such expressions? The
> generalization from these two examples would be
>         N1+-ed  N2  =>  N1  N2
> substituting N1, an attributive noun, for the older N1+-ed, an adjective
> in the form of the past participle of the verb that is zero-derived from
> the noun. To put a set of volumes in a box is to "box" them, creating a
> boxed set;  similarly, to "bottle" water.


> Did we discuss this construction here some time ago?

I could have sworn that we'd discussed 'ice tea' and 'ice cream', but I
can't find that on the archives.  I also could've sworn that we'd discussed
(because of my recidivist/prescriptive tendencies) things like man-size
versus man-sized.  But I can't find that either.

So maybe I'm imagining things...


Dr M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
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