[Ads-l] words connected to a single provenance

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 26 11:50:16 EDT 2018


Do compounds count as words?  If so, “iron curtain” > Churchill
“elementary” > Sherlock Holmes   …oops, SG got there first
“Cuber”> JFK
“is” > Bill Clinton
“cowabunga” > Bart Simpson
“sad” > Donald J. Trump (or “collusion”, or “witch hunt”, or “covfefe”)

LH
 
 


> On Aug 26, 2018, at 5:20 AM, GEOFFREY NUNBERG <nunbergg at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> I’ve been trying to come up with words in more-or-less general use that are associated with a single prominent historical or literary provenance — not hapax legomena, but items like “infamy,” which for most people who know it brings FDR’s Pearl Harbor speech to mind but which is used in other contexts as well. 
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> Geoff
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> Geoffrey Nunberg
> School of Information,
> University of California, Berkeley
> Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
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