[Ads-l] surreptually

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 11 15:52:17 EDT 2016


> On Sep 11, 2016, at 3:39 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at MST.EDU> wrote:
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> "Surreptually" seems to have arisen by the influence of "conceptually." I hesitate to call this new
> word a blend because "surreptitious" and "conceptual" aren't synonyms.
> 
> Gerald Cohen  

Why "conceptually" rather than "virtually", or "actually", or "factually", or "eventually", or "perpetually"?  Maybe it's just that -ally is found in various adverbial forms, some of which appear as -tually because of a /tu/ in the adjectival (or nominal) stem?  I agree that there's influence, but not necessarily from a single lexical item.  

LH
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> Jonathan Lighter [wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM], Friday, September 09, 2016 8:50 AM, wrote:
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>> imperfect acquisition of English by a nonnative speaker.
> 
> So naive: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_James-5FG.-5FStavridis&d=CwIFAg&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=8pOa1uD6kzsrmhV_K84ZakD3iW5jKeAJQeIKoU6MoTg&s=by_pYcKj42n-WKzivLw57Fd3mmHALrvE3_N8W-Oa1AI&e= 
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>> It tests the boundary between English and non-English.
> 
> Nov shmoz ka pop!
> 
> JL
> 
> On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 9:11 AM, David Barnhart <dbarnhart at highlands.com>
> wrote:
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>> If I had to attribute this to some process it would have to do with
>> imperfect acquisition of English by a nonnative speaker.  It tests the
>> boundary between English and non-English.
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>> Adm James Stavridis, former NATO Supreme Commander, warns MSNBC that that
>> North Korean submarines can surreptually approach the United States.
>> 
>> JL
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