another "bare PST/PSP"

Victor aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 13 18:18:11 UTC 2009

Sorry... I though I removed HTML. This copy should be clean

Haplology does make sense in "cut-and-paste it" as well as in just
"paste it". But it doesn't work in the larger case, so it would be hard
to figure out which mechanism is at work in each of these cases.

Then, there is always the reverse problem with "cutted-and-pasted".

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-The Application diff was cutted and pasted because I changed even more


-Sure you can borrow it.  I basically cutted and pasted things I liked
together until I was happy with the outcome.  I'm happy with it because
it basically says everything I wanted.


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-what my joke ? i can even direct you to the site i cutted and pasted it
from if you like

These cannot be explained simply with a flag because "cutted" in


A more general comment: Of note is that there are two meanings here

1) partitioned and rearranged
2) clipped and borrowed from another source

The original meaning of "cut-and-paste" is actually (1), although most
computer users are much more familiar with (2). These two also
correspond to Arnold Zwicky's two of the original examples. The first of
his examples actually has yet another meaning, basically a narrow blend
of the two.

(3) clipped a selection to highlight it (or, equivalently, cropped
unimportant parts)

What's interesting about this one is that it lacks the dual action of
the other two meanings. In (1) and (2), there is actual cutting and
actual pasting. I am not convinced that there is any "pasting" going on
in (3). So this makes for an interesting semantic point.

This is also the opposite of the "copy and pasted" example, where the
whole expression is treated as a unit. I am not entirely convinced that
"cut" in "cut and pasted" is PST. Because of its irregularity, it's not
possible to tell if this is like "copy and pasted" in being treated as a
unit or if the two verbs are functioning independently. I suppose,
"cutted and pasted" examples suggest the latter, but I am not convinced
we can ascribe the motive of one speaker to another.


I've also done a search on another possibly analogical expression. "Clip
and pasted" got just about 100 raw hits. "Clipped and pasted" was close
to 6000, but "have clip and paste" as a PSP got only 1 actual hit (none
for "had", "has" or "was").

What's interesting about this is also that some of the "was clip and
paste" examples treat "clip and paste" as the object.

-You could tell it was clip and paste because several would have the
same typos ( not that typos are a problem who doesn't typo).

-Other than that it was clip-and-paste with overlap (the drum riff, the
"strip tease" line, and Janet).

A variant of this looks bizarre at first:
-I agree with runner i thought is was clip and paste are something.

But the solution is quite simple:
-I agree with runner[,] i thought i[t] was clip and paste [or] something.

The rest all fall along an identical schema (All X[V] do was copy and

-All I had to do was clip and paste some of the lyrics in to a search
and it came right up.

-And all the Army had to do then was clip and paste heads to this sample

-Just a note to others, what I did was clip and paste the code instead
of trying to recopy it all.


Wilson Gray wrote:
> "Cut-and-paste it" instead of "cut-and-pasted it" may be an instance
> of haplogy. :-)

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