Hj.Sasse at UNI-KOELN.DE
Fri Jun 21 07:26:24 UTC 2002
Just an addendum to Edith's Hungarian example: for terms of abuse you
use the same device adding the verbalizing suffix -z-; in addition, you
attach the preverb le- ('down'). Common traditional examples listed in
the dictionaries are the following:
le-marha'-z- 'to call somebody an ox (i.e. an idiot)'
(from marha 'cattle')
le-szamar-az- 'to call somebody an ass'
(from szamár 'donkey, ass')
The pattern is quite productive, so productive in fact that any X
occurring in the configuration le-X-z- ('to say X down on someone') may
be potentially interpreted as a term of abuse in an appropriate
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