lexical query

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Sun Sep 2 17:10:15 UTC 2007

Stretching the definition a bit, English "sanction" has always needed
context to disambiguate.

At 12:07 PM 9/2/2007, you wrote:
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>Poster:       "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>
>Subject:      lexical query
>an old friend came to me yesterday with a language question
>(apparently, it was Ask-A-Linguist Day at the Palo Alto Farmers'
>Market): is there a language with a word referring to something that
>is both a blessing and a curse?
>(obviously, "blessing" and "curse" will require some cultural
>everybody seems to think that yiddish must be such a language, but no
>one has yet come up with a relevant lexical item.
>any nominations from the floor?
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