Re: Lexical existence (was The evolution of Angosey: 5 Translations of the same poem across 11 years)
- Okay, so while googling cromulent to find uses NOT related to or mentioning
The Simpsons (like The Cromulent Shakespeare Company and Cromulent Records)
I found another word to love and promote -- fauxcabulary! I love this
word! And it seems that cromulent has been featured as a "word of the day"
by several vocabulary building sites. I found a football site talking
about being a cromulent quarterback! Oh and this!
It's still pretty much a joke word, but it is starting to get use sans
Simpson refernce and without the near obligatory "perfectly" fronting it.
On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 5:59 PM, Patrick Dunn <pwdunn@...> wrote:
> I used it today in linguistics, when I explained that "colorless green
> ideas sleep furiously" is perfectly cromulant syntactically despite being
> meaningless semantically.
> But then again, I had to, because of this discussion.
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM, Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...> wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM, George Corley <gacorley@...>
> > > Embiggen is certainly a word. I'm not sure how much use "cromulent"
> > > -- I've only really heard it in contexts talking about that episode
> > (where
> > > it is, of course, presented as an on-the-spot coinage for humor value).
> > I've never seen the episode in question, and the first several times I
> > heard the word used I didn't recognize the reference, and yet the
> > meaning was clear from context. And I'm pretty sure I've seen it used
> > more recently in ways that aren't simply references to the Simpsons
> > episode.
> > --
> > Jim Henry
> > http://www.pobox.com/~jimhenry/
> > http://www.jimhenrymedicaltrust.org
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