[Ads-l] Fun with Wild Boars

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Aug 15 20:24:26 EDT 2020


> On Aug 15, 2020, at 5:58 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> I find the similarity in the words for bears and boars interesting:
> 
> https://animalcorner.org/animal-names/
> 
> Apparently, a male bear is a "boar", and a female bear and female boar are
> both called a "sow". Somehow, now, a "boar cub" seems normal…

And a boar is just an ablaut variant of a bear, no? 

> 
> On Sat, Aug 15, 2020 at 5:15 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> https://www.yahoo.com/news/wild-boar-stole-german-nudists-152429522.html
>> 
>> "The boar in question emerged from the forest with two cubs last week and
>> made its way through crowds of Berliners seeking to cool off in the
>> Teufelsee, one of the city’s many lakes."
>> 
>> The real story here is that some people don't distinguish between "piglets"
>> (or "boarlets") and "cubs."
>> 
>> JL
>> 
>> On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> I have, and even if it’s new a new word (it’s not in the OED, FWIW), I
>>> nominate “boarlet” for the either the new category of “Most Pleasantly
>>> Distracting Word of the Year” or that of “Word of the Year with the Most
>>> Surprisingly Adorable Denotation".
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On May 11, 2020, at 1:46 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Not meant for ADS-L, but enjoy.
>>>> 
>>>> JL
>>>> 
>>>> On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 11:24 AM Jonathan Lighter <
>>> wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> No kidding:
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>> 
>> https://uk.news.yahoo.com/wild-boarlets-born-donegal-believed-165700219.html
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Jon
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>>> truth."
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