Saturday, March 7, 2009

English vocab asymmetries exposed!

I went with a tabloid title to counterbalance the post, which is a little dorky. My dissertation focused on what I claimed was a deep-rooted asymmetry in a word-formation process (reduplication, to be specific). So I loved a couple of recent C-isms that show more asymmetry; he made these mistakes, and by figuring there had to be a reason for why he made them, both times, the answer was, "Duh".

- Mommy, can you buckle me out? (cf. buckle me in)
- Daddy, can you put me upside up? (cf. upside down)

Long ago, when e-mail was new, I remember getting a list of conundrums about English ("Why do we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?"), and these reminded me of it.

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