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Re: Formication

Postby MTC » Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:01 pm

Slava wrote:
MTC wrote:If it has "already been done" as you write, then why did you say
"Thesbian? I know-eth not this word. Didst thou meaneth thespian? Or am I simply lost?" ?
Because its usage is very limited and it is not recognized as a standard word.


It's one thing to say a word's usage is "very limited," and quite another to say you "know-eth not this word" when, in fact, you do. It is one thing to challenge whether a word exists in one post, and inconsistently contend the word already exists in another.

Additionally, when you say "it ("thesbian") is not recognized as a standard word (presumably meaning not in the dictionary)," that doesn't make "thesbian" any less a word. Words remain words whether or not they are in the dictionary, a point linguists and lexicographers are at some pains to make.

Now that I research the word "thesbian," it appears I was a little too quick in giving credit to Mr. Hupy for its creation. Thesbian has existed as a word since at least 1940. See the graph of thesbian's usage at
https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?c ... an%3B%2Cc0 Googling thesbian (a word which requires no quotes in standard usage) results in 28,100 hits. Thesbian is listed in several online sources, e.g., Wikipedia, urban dictionary, Wordnik. There is a "thesbian.com" website for a group of acting troups in multiple cities and over 28,00 other references for those who care to look.

Perhaps you can explain yourself?
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Re: Formication

Postby Slava » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:02 am

MTC wrote:Perhaps you can explain yourself?

I consider it a nonce word that will not make it into general use. The wikis and urban dictionary have no lasting meaning to me.
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Re: Formication

Postby MTC » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:57 am

Slava wrote:
MTC wrote:Perhaps you can explain yourself?

I consider it a nonce word that will not make it into general use. The wikis and urban dictionary have no lasting meaning to me.



nonce word
n.
A word occurring, invented, or used just for a particular occasion; for example, the word mileconsuming in "the wagon beginning to fall into its slow and mileconsuming clatter" (William Faulkner).

Clearly, "thesbian" is not a "nonce word" as you contend.
Any other explanation for the inconsistencies I pointed out?
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