Date: Sun, 30 Apr 1995 21:25:27 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Cross-post: on n X short of a Y Hi y'all. I just noticed this posting on Linguist-- __________________________________ Date: Sat, 29 Apr 1995 7:55:56 -0700 (PDT) From: SILVER[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Subject: Recently created idioms In my introductory semantics class we've been talking about semantic and grammatical models speakers use to create new idioms. A student came up with an amusing one a friend of hers presumably created on his own: "three french fries short of a happy meal" --also "a sandwich short of a picnic". Does anyone know if these have currency, or can they be more or less considered unique creations? Shirley Silver __________________________________ Now, besides my sense that the latter (although not the former, which does strike me as a nice novel extension of the pattern) is already lexicalized, as it were, I seem to recall that we were kicking around quite a few other instances of this model a while back. Does anyone have (or can they reconstruct) a list of them for Shirley Silver (or for me, and I can repackage them for her). The first one I recall is 'three bricks shy of a load'. Larry