Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 17:58:28 -0500
From: AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Ozark philosophy
Is it not the case that count nouns, when used as attributives preceding
other nouns, often lose their countness? That is, can't one say pant leg, or
scissor blade? not to mention Ozark culture?
See Webster's Dictionary of English Usage under _attributive_: "The norm
has been to have singular nouns used as attributives - billiards, for
instance, even lost its -s to give us billiard ball and billiard table. What
seems to be a fairly recent trend toward using plural attributives in
contemporary English has . . . raised a few eyebrows."
So the copy editors may be eyebrow to eyebrow on this one.
- Allan Metcalf