End of ADS-L Digest - 12 Jun 1995 to 13 Jun 1995 ************************************************ There are 19 messages totalling 468 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. new phrase (5) 2. Kmart (2) 3. meddle 4. B-Day 5. Meddle in NCTE book 6. NCTE book 7. Teen Slang Terms (Gank and Gaffle) (2) 8. email, e-mail, E mail, etc. 9. Cutler's book 10. All the news of the American Dialect Society (2) 11. Teen Slang Terms (Gank and Gaffl 12. Dopp kit (fwd) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 14 Jun 1995 04:37:57 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: new phrase > One problem, abstruse as it may, with "email" sans hyphen or cap E, is that it > looks too much like the French word for enamel, as in those beautiful Limoges > plates in the Frick (for you New Yorkers) and elsewhere. Anyway, the pattern > would presumably call for a hyphen and/or cap E. After all it's D-Day, not > dday, g-man (perhaps a better fit, since that's a description like e-mail > rather than a name like D-Day), K rations (not krations),... I think it's > productive, too: I've seen b-day and B-day (for birthday). but...i (and those in my great sphere of influence) use bday and cmas (christmas)--the former is quite wide spread among those who mark the joyous season of lynneukah (otherwise known as the 8 days of lynne's bday). (only 110 shopping days left! shop now and avoid the rush.) these are better than "krations" because, in english, you'd have to syllabify the "b" before "day" and the "c" before "mas", but the "kr-" works as an initial cluster. (the k rations e.g., is kind of cheating, though because it's not hyphenated in the first place.) similarly, email will work because you can pronounce it as spelt. i'm trying to think of other things that might start with hyphen- separated vowels in order to test this but cannot. aline (a-line) skirt would not work, but the spelling indicates that the "a" should be short, so that might explain that. we'd need other cases where the spelling rules don't conflict with the dehyphenization. best, lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]muse.arts.wits.ac.za Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA