Icebox lives on
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 6 19:42:59 UTC 2002
At 12:48 PM -0500 12/6/02, sagehen wrote:
> Larry writes:
>>I think the idea was that brooms aren't made from broom any longer,
>>nor are glasses made from glass, but we still call them by those
>Not entirely true. I still buy brooms made from broom corn, and my glasses
>have glass lenses (which I specify, since the plastic ones scratch far too
Sorry, I meant "not necessarily". Our use of "broom" and "glasses"
is synchronically unrelated to what specific instances of these items
are made of. Similarly "wood" (for the golf club) and "rubber'.
(Compare "cheese" or "cream" which some of us are reluctant to extend
to the imitation versions.)
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