second thoughts on Nkinis, bis

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Sat Dec 25 17:50:24 UTC 2004

Jim also writes:
>  BBG. DUCH. 1967, § 70. GALL. 1955, p. 112, 157. TEPPE (J.). Défense de
>  klaxonner! Vie Lang. 1961, no 114, p. 485.

To the best of my understanding of French, "Defense de klaxonner" means "it 
is forbidden to sound a Klaxon horn".  I do not see what these words are 
doing here, unless "klaxonner" means "to wear a sexy garment".  Also, since 
"k" appears in French only in foreign words, "klaxonner" is a blatant 
example of Franglais.

Or some other borrowing. Is "klaxon" used only in English?

>And most important Josephus had other reasons for rewriting them as
>doing so, since he coward out of a pack made with his comrades.

Not necessarily an eggcorn, since Josephus before he changed sides was a
member of a "pack" (cf WWII "wolf-pack") of Jewish fighters.

But the presence of "made" is less likely in that reading than it is if 
"pack" is an eggcorn for "pack".

-- Mark
[This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]

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