Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Aug 11 16:55:15 UTC 2009

At 9:45 AM -0700 8/11/09, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>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)

Yes, "starkers" I was familiar with before this discussion, as well
as the others above.


>, plus the rarer skinters 'low on funds' and
>butters 'ugly'.
>>   I think
>>these might work (all googled examples, but not in profusion): ...
>nice finds.
>The American Dialect Society -

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