Bullhorn as a Verb

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Mar 11 19:00:24 UTC 2010

On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 12:56 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> You can get a lot more hits for the verb by checking "bullhorning"
> (for some reason, the quotes matter, even for a single word":  >24K
> hits, although a lot are for a song apparently entitled "Bullhorning
> from Behind the Imperial Bird", which I've somehow missed hearing to
> this point.  Also "bullhorned":  13K hits, many in a political
> context (typically in the passive form "get bullhorned".

Quotation marks around a search term work the same as appending "+"
before the term: it gives you a strict search rather than a fuzzy
search (no stemming).

--Ben Zimmer

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