[Ads-l] "smacks loudly"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 21 13:16:40 UTC 2015


We lexicographers call it "poetic license," sudcategory "humor."

JL

On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 11:55 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> It should be
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> "smacks strongly"
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> This _smack_ is the one cognate with German _schmecken_ "taste (good)," and
> not the onomatopoetic _smack!_.
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