Ameliorated words of offensive origin
lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Fri Mar 2 17:03:50 UTC 2001
--On Friday, March 2, 2001 11:30 am -0500 Mark_Mandel at dragonsys.com wrote:
> Lynne Murphy <lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK> writes:
> It comes from 'paddy' not 'patty' of course, since the Irish form of
> Patrick is Padraig and is diminuted (how's that for a back-formation?) as
> Oh, come on, Lynne. As long as we're on a roll, let's do it right. Call it
> a back-form.
I can't because back-form is a verb, unless you want to do some
zero-derivation nonsense, and we wouldn't want any nonsense here, would we?
I back-formed 'diminuted'.
M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH
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