Friday, June 10, 2011

On language: Desafirization

So with the university closed for the Great Summer Snow Day, I undertook to get a few errands done in the neighborhood. Being overcome with the urge for a coney island, I stopped in one of the local places on the way back, and I saw a construction I'd never seen before:

Egg Benedicts

This sounds almost as if someone's trying to re-grammaticalize, or de-Safirize, "Eggs Benedict." Look familiar to anyone out there?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, but did you happen to ask any passer bys?

12:48 PM, June 11, 2011  
Anonymous Old Word Wolf said...

Freshman writing isn't really fair game but one quiz item last week fits the category: "John Updike themes often include rite of passages."

1:05 PM, June 12, 2011  

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