Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Aug 11 16:45:11 UTC 2009

On Aug 11, 2009, at 9:12 AM, Larry Horn wrote:

> At 10:55 AM -0400 8/11/09, Ben Zimmer cited:

> But these Oxonian -ers, like the names mentioned by others
> (Craiggers, Meggers, Douggers)*, are nouns.

>  The real contenders have
> to work as adjectives, the way "preggers" and "bonkers" do.

the wikipedia entry mentions some adjectives: the well-established
preggers, bonkers, crackers, and starkers 'stark naked' (which i
should have recalled), plus the rarer skinters 'low on funds' and
butters 'ugly'.

>   I think
> these might work (all googled examples, but not in profusion): ...

nice finds.


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