Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu May 21 20:47:55 UTC 2009

On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 4:40 PM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 4:33 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> WTF does it mean: "empretzeled"? I'm not familiar with the relevant
>> dialect of English.
> Convoluted, contorted, tangled, twisted... like a pretzel.

(And formed on the model of other "en/em-X-ed" passive participles, like
"entangled", "enmeshed", "ensnarled", "embroiled", "embrangled", etc.)

--Ben Zimmer

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