double whammy

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Aug 30 13:50:54 UTC 2014

Yes, I was thinking "friendlily" when I saw it, which is ruled out for the usual reasons. In any case, it's not just this writer--there are many google hits for "friendly remind(ed)".  One of those faute-de-mieux constructions, I suppose ("one of my friends' mother", "didn't used to",…).  


On Aug 30, 2014, at 7:08 AM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:

> 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".
> arnold
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