double whammy

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sat Aug 30 11:08:11 UTC 2014

i've pretty much lost track of this thread, but ...

On Aug 29, 2014, at 6:14 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> OK, I know we're up to the wazoo in cites of back-formed verbs.  But 
> this one (last line below) still struck me as interesting, partly 
> because it was addressed to linguists by (presumably) linguists (the 
> from line is linguist at and partly because of the modifier 
> involved; for me, "friendly" is not a possible adverb, so it remains an 
> adjective even when what it modifies has back-formed itself into a verb. 
> ...
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another possibility is that the writer was intending "friendlily" but reduced it to "friendly" in order to avoid the (as James Thurber once put it) the "lily word".

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