[Ads-l] more back-formed verbs being skated out on the ice

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Mar 26 03:18:48 UTC 2016


> On Mar 25, 2016, at 10:56 PM, martha clayton <info at MARTHACLAYTONLINGUIST.COM> wrote:
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> Neat. Were there any examples that weren't negative + past tense?
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I wanted the "kept" to make sure it was a verb (although I suppose "score-keep" will work too), and I just checked with "never" because that's what the example in the wild had.  But here's one in the positive, apparently interchangeable with the non-incorporated version:

"I've score-kept for years," says Biff Williams, mother of Langley catcher Nate Williams, as she holds up her scorebook. "My husband always coached, and I always kept score."
--from a 2001 WaPo story,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/2001/06/02/twilight-time/fa922809-bf01-4e83-a32b-04a3962bfef8/

Lots of hits for "how to score(-)keep" in various sports/games...

LH


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> On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 7:32 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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>> Just encountered in the wild: "I've never score-kept a hockey game".  I =
>> then tried Googling the verb (in the past tense) and got a small handful =
>> of other hits, curiously all for hockey rather than other sports.  =
>> Strange.  One was part of a double back-flip:
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>> "I never penalty tracked for both teams at the same time and never score =
>> kept."
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>> LH=
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