Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jun 25 18:39:17 UTC 2012

On Jun 25, 2012, at 2:10 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:

> On Jun 25, 2012, at 1:34 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>> At 6/25/2012 10:52 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>> Maybe so, but there are more than a few hits for "clean shavin'"
>>> (with or without apostrophe), suggesting a reanalysis from a perhaps
>>> moribund perfect participle.
>> But are these "the clean shavin' Gilette Atra", or similar?
>> Joel
> No, they seem to describe the patient rather than the agent or instrument.  We have clean shavin men, a clean shavin look, clean shavin Dad, and so on.  And while there are 19,000+ hits for "clean shaving razor", there's only 1 hit for "clean shavin razor".  
> LH

P.S.  To show the contrast more dramatically, compare these g-hit results:

clean shaving razor:   19,100
clean shavin razor:             1

clean shaving men:       5.430
clean shavin men:     132,000

clean shaving women:       10
clean shavin women:   84,000


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