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