how to "Walkenize"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Nov 11 20:05:58 UTC 2012

On Nov 11, 2012, at 2:39 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
>> I don't know if "Balkanize(d)" is a factor here; the two (Balkanize, Walkenize) don't actually rhyme for me, but they obviously come pretty close.
> these WORDS. ARE. for ME. an exact. RHYME.

To be more explicit, the non-rhyme for me derives from the fact that "Balkan(ize)" has an [l], while "Walken(ize)", doesn't, despite the fact that "balk" and "walk" do rhyme for me {l-lessly].

> Nevertheless, I doubt the
> possibility of any influence of Balkanize on the coining of Walkenize.
> It's not necessary,

Agreed, sadly.  But I'd like to think there was.

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