Fireplug; LA Times & Chicago Tribune
Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Feb 5 03:35:50 UTC 2004
On Feb 4, 2004, at 6:01 PM, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> ... I've very, very, very rarely heard "fireplug."
interesting. i'm significantly older than barry, but not so far in
geographical origins from him. and when i was a kid (long long ago, in
southeastern pennsylvania), "fireplug" was to "fire hydrant" as "car"
was to "automobile" (and only "fireplug" had metaphorical extensions,
to body type or penis shape, for instance). now, i think, the
originally more technical-register term has pretty well covered the
territory, except of course for those conventionalized metaphorical
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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