By Max Cryer

In daily speech we use phrases and words with out a passing inspiration as to why we use them or the place they arrive from. Max Cryer alterations all that by means of exhibiting how interesting the English language rather is. do you know that the previous host of this day, Jane Pauley, claims to have coined the time period "bad hair day," or CBS engineer named Charley Douglass invented the identify and use of "canned laughter" for tv, or that "cold turkey" as a time period for quitting anything instantly used to be popularized through the unconventional and film (starring Frank Sinatra), the fellow with the Golden Arm? the following you'll study the origins of "credibility gap," "my lips are sealed," "the opera's now not over till the fats woman sings," "supermarket," "supermodel," "there's no accounting for taste," "thick as thieves," and 1000's extra. For someone who loves language, this new e-book will "take the cake."

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The rest might be attributed to accidental gaps in the coda system (bl´uz ‘shirt’, smaragd ‘emerald’), with the exception of *szp codas (cf. g. in gipsz, ‘gypsum’). Word initial szp is also possible (szpiker ‘announcer’), and similarly with ksz we have kszilof´on ‘marimba’, maszk ‘mask’, szkiff ‘skiff’ and keksz ‘biscuit’. Aside from a couple of proper names (Szakcs and Recsk), and some inflected forms, the pairs listed above, and the type liszt ‘flour’ vs. szt´ar ‘movie star’ constitute the only counterexamples to (31) and (33) in Hungarian.

G. t¨ok¨ok from t¨ok simply by spreading the I and U features of the stem vowel. This solution can readily be extended to ternary suffixes by supposing that their underlying representation contains a floating U which can dock only if the I feature of the stem did not spread. 22 As a representative example let me discuss here the following generalization (due to Eszterg´ar (1971), and quoted in V´ag´ o 1980:111): lowering stems always have an epenthetic vowel before the -t of the accusative. SPH (fn.

For instance, in the monosyllable brancs ‘gang’, we have to store only the facts that b and r precede, and n and cs follow the vowel. The alternative ordering *bracsn is excluded because the h+soni features of n and the vowel are not adjacent, and thus cannot be simplified. Similarly, the order *rbancs can be excluded because the h+soni of r cannot be collapsed with that of the vowel, and the order *rbacsn is excluded even more strongly, as it would require 3 instances of h+soni instead of the optimal 1.

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