laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jul 16 15:50:03 UTC 2002
>NONEVENT--Seen in the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, in a page one
>story about the euro getting stronger than the dollar. It was
>called, in quotes, a "nonevent." I Googled, and there's 3,720
>"nonevent" and 28,200 "non-event." I prefer the latter. I saw the
>word quickly as "none vent." Is there a word for compounds that
>break more than one way?
Not that I know of, but my favorite has always been BERIBBONED:
the intended parse (be-ribboned) vs. the un- (be-rib-boned). I guess
these are Janus words in a different sense from that of our old
friends the enantionyms (cleave, sanction,...).
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