Random Note for WOTY: further on _neknominate_

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Feb 19 21:42:03 UTC 2014

On Feb 19, 2014, at 4:34 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> At 2/19/2014 12:55 PM, David Barnhart wrote:
>> The _nek-_ is obviously a corruption of _neck-_, meaning "to guzzle."  The
>> latter form attested in eOED from 16th century as noted in Greene.  Neither
>> form in this meaning is accounted for in American slang dictionaries
>> including HDAS.  Australian and other "World" Englishes represented in
>> dictionaries don't present _nek_ with any pertinent senses.  I suspect the
>> "nek" spelling is the kind of contraction typical of modern "high-speed"
>> communication, e.g. _u_ for _you_, etc.
>> So far I have found a wealth of forms and derivatives, e.g. neknominee,
>> neknominator, neknomination, neknominate, and neknominating.
> Nekt will be "nekvomiting" (or "vomitating"?)
Don't forget "nekromancy" and "nekrophilia"


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