Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 7 18:31:50 UTC 2010

At 8:14 AM -0400 4/7/10, Bill Palmer wrote:
>I'm thinking the analogy might be with "barnacle", a more nautical term. Or
>Bill Palmer

And if the rust objects had formed in smaller pairwise ovoid shapes,
the analogical source for "rusticles" might have been a different one


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>>Passing by a TV yesterday afternoon, I stopped briefly to watch some
>>footage on the History channel about a sunken ship. Long stalactites of
>>rust were clearly being referred to as "rusticles."
>>"Rusticle" garners some 9,000 raw Google hits, including a Wikipedia
>>entry.  Last night "rustsicle" got a little over 1,000 hits, this morning
>>fewer than 100 (go figure!).
>>"Rusticle" looks like a simple blend of "rust" + "-sicle," rather than the
>>result of a phonological development--unless we suppose that the [s]
>>following the [t] got swallowed by the [s] before the [t].
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