new (non-)coinage ("vagitarian")

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 27 18:31:04 UTC 2006

>It's just a way of saying that x is absolutely coextensive with y in size
>and shape. It's one of the few things that I more or less recall from an
>intro to mathematical linguistics course that I took back in 1972.

Oh, for a minute there I thought you were talking about "vagitarian",
which I didn't recall from my own mathematical linguistics course.
Never mind.


>On 2/27/06, Mark A. Mandel <mamandel at> wrote:
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>>  Poster:       "Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU>
>>  Subject:      Re: new (non-)coinage ("vagitarian")
>>  Wilson sez:
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>>  Of course, BE speakers also say, "eat cock," with the same meaning. In
>>  fact,
>>  "Yes, ma'am, I eat cock, too," in which "cock" is a one-to-one and onto
>>  synonym of "pussy," is the punchline of a joke. OTOH, the universal use of
>>  "cock" for "penis" by white authors spoiled a whole lot of umliterature
>>  for
>>  me, till I had read enough of it that I finally became accustomed to it.
>>  <<<
>>  "a one-to-one and onto synonym"? Sorry, amigo, that terminology goes right
>>  past me. Translation, please.
>>  -- Mark
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