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Questions Submitted

words, words, words...

tv + video + dvd = ?

Zorbing? What’s that?

According to ME, you, him....

See you laters???

silent autumn


tuitions in graffiti

Flying (with) Colours?

Proper Names


Five O’clock Shadow

Swinging a Cat

Recent Comments

Re: Lexical Hermaphrodites  •  August 31, 2006, 7:31am  •  0 vote


Re: Lexical Hermaphrodites  •  August 31, 2006, 7:30am  •  0 vote

Not sure if there is such a term for those words, but this process is called coversion, when a noun and a verb have the same morphological material ( = look the same), supposedly, a linguist would cal

Re: Flying (with) Colours?  •  August 18, 2004, 6:51am  •  0 vote

I like Speedwell's explanation. In that case an exam is like a battle, if we win (pass) it we have our colours (flags) flying, if we don't we end up as losers.

Re: Potatoes  •  August 10, 2004, 5:34am  •  0 vote

Oops, I've made a mistake. A small correction will be needed here: 'mouse potato' isn't glued to the TV screen but only to computer one. Isn't that phrase for a computer freak nice? what do you think

Re: ...t you  •  August 10, 2004, 4:54am  •  0 vote

't' and 'j' are pronounced as 'ch' when they are on the margins of the words e.g. in 'don't you'. Linguists call it 'palatalisation' and it's a kind of phonetic 'trick'. Similarly, it happens between