Misburial (was Gitmo-ize)

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Wed May 19 15:45:33 UTC 2004

Obviously, {-ize} is an extremely productive affix. There are many such in 
English. For example, I know of no dictionary that has an entry for "misburial," 
yet people readily understand the word--see the two examples that a Google 
search uncovered this morning, e.g., "Alleged misburials and grave tampering at 
two South Florida Jewish cemeteries highlight a unique reality in regulating 
the death-care industry: Consumers seldom complain when services fall short, 
removing a key factor regulators usually depend on to find problems."

The productivity of {-ize} has long been known and commented on.

In a message dated 5/19/04 10:23:07 AM, cxr1086 at LOUISIANA.EDU writes:

> Another nice example of "-ize" productivity (since I
> reported 'questionize' a few weeks ago), from a May 4 DoD
> press conference transcript:
> Q     Sure.  Thank you, sir.  My follow-up is, when I talked
> with Brigadier General Janis Karpinski of the Army Reserve
> on Saturday, she talked about -- she told me about your
> August and September visit from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib,
> sir.  And I think the word she used was "Gitmo-ized," that
> you had come over, in a way, to Gitmo-ize or to make more
> like Guantanamo the confinement and also interrogation
> practices at Abu Ghraib.
> http://www.dod.mil/transcripts/2004/tr20040504-1424.html
> --ccr

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