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Questions Submitted

words, words, words...

September 7, 2005

tv + video + dvd = ?

March 15, 2005

Zorbing? What’s that?

December 21, 2004

According to ME, you, him....

December 14, 2004

See you laters???

November 16, 2004

silent autumn

October 29, 2004


September 3, 2004

tuitions in graffiti

August 31, 2004

Flying (with) Colours?

August 10, 2004

Proper Names

August 10, 2004


August 3, 2004

Five O’clock Shadow

August 3, 2004

Swinging a Cat

July 21, 2004

Recent Comments


martha August 31, 2006, 7:31am

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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 call them just " lexemes" :]

martha August 31, 2006, 7:30am

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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.

Marta dudkiewicz August 18, 2004, 6:51am

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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 about it? These 'potato' expressions have been making amazing career in Polish language. Couch potato has already been calqued into Polish as 'sitting potato'. I've come across it in one of the student magazines and it appeared in the phrase 'the epoch of sitting potatoes'.

Marta Dudkiewicz August 10, 2004, 5:34am

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'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 'd' and 'j' in 'd'you like it?'. Then it gives the sound of 'g'

Marta Dudkiewicz August 10, 2004, 4:54am

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