'word' words

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Apr 29 07:01:22 UTC 2008

On Apr 28, 2008, at 8:13 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:

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> At 9:15 AM -0400 4/28/08, Geoffrey S. Nathan wrote:
>> Just one more...
>> Something that strikes me as indescribably goyish:
>> Challah bread
>> seen in many stores throughout the country (although, of course,
>> challah
>> is monomorphemic, so it's semantically, rather than morphologically
>> redundant).  Kind of like 'baguette bread' (not that I've actually
>> seen
>> that one, although Google returns >64K results for 'baguette bread
>> recipe').
> Or "collie dog", which probably annoys canines for the same reasons.

My collies get annoyed from least to most in this order:

Lassie dog (trying, at least)
collie dog (silly)
Lassie (often smart-alecky)


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