laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 19 13:31:15 UTC 2004
At 6:20 AM -0700 4/19/04, James Smith wrote:
>--- "Kathleen E. Miller" <mimillerkYNYTIMESOM> wrote:
>In my house, that's "to snort". "You snort when you
>laugh." (DeDerivative a small or less
>nonoticeablenort, a "snsnortlette) "Snarf" refers to
>eating quickly, usually greedily. "He snarfed
>everything in sight." "We snarfed some munchies."
But maybe "snarf" is a blend of "snort" and "scarf", i.e. 'to scarf
snortingly'. Yup, idle speculation.
larry, wondering if the "sn-" onset in "snarf" brings in the nose,
given the well-attested, or at least oft-claimed, sound symbolism of
>> Snarf to me has always been the sound your nose
>> makes (occasionally and
>> usually embarrassingly) in the midst of laughter.
>> "You just snarfed!" was a
>> common saying in the corridors of my high school and
>> a snarf usually
>> brought on more laughing, and more snarfing. [Sandra
>> Bullock's character in
>> Miss Congeniality does it often].
>> Kathleen E. Miller
>> They now call me "News Assistant, Columnist"
>> The New York Times
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