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Old 05-25-2008, 10:34 AM   #121
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because you have to *earn* the mozzlings. it's like a treasure hunt through the forum... you keep stumbling upon unexpected easter eggs.

(that doesn't mean you can't make "mozzling" thread, and we'll all jump in.)
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:33 AM   #122
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Reality is hard enough to deal with. A mozzled one would render anyone crazy.
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:39 AM   #123
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:50 AM   #124
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Sane is boring...
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:13 AM   #125
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no, i mozzled that one just for the circumstances. i have been known to take liberties with my vocabulary.
The technical term, in case you want to be able to sound pedantic about it, is "overproductive morphology." Just thought I'd share.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:16 AM   #126
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The technical term, in case you want to be able to sound pedantic about it, is "overproductive morphology." Just thought I'd share.
ha ! nice ! but the technical term for what ? catharting or taking liberties with one's vocabulary ?
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:18 AM   #127
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ha ! nice ! but the technical term for what ? catharting or taking liberties with one's vocabulary ?
Creating words from other words that aren't included in the "standard" vocabulary.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:19 AM   #128
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oho, a competitor for "mozzling", in short... i like both of them.
*/trying to think of possible occasions i could slip them into conversations in the near future...
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:28 AM   #129
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Well, "mozzle" is a verb, but this is a pedantic nominal phrase. In a sentence, you use it like this: "I have an overproductive morphology, you know." I think there are conversational opportunities for both. (I, by the way, am one of only two people I know to have a "pleonastic something.")
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:34 AM   #130
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Well, "mozzle" is a verb, but this is a pedantic nominal phrase. In a sentence, you use it like this: "I have an overproductive morphology, you know." I think there are conversational opportunities for both. (I, by the way, am one of only two people I know to have a "pleonastic something.")
Never mind, some of us are rather more concise...
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:36 AM   #131
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Well, "mozzle" is a verb, but this is a pedantic nominal phrase. In a sentence, you use it like this: "I have an overproductive morphology, you know." I think there are conversational opportunities for both. (I, by the way, am one of only two people I know to have a "pleonastic something.")
would i be the other one ?

thanks for the further explanation. i'll be making up pretexts to use that a million times a day, i can tell.
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:07 PM   #132
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would i be the other one ?
Not that I know of. But I'm not sure what the equivalent would be in French, anyway.

Try these two sentences:

"It strikes me that there aren't enough cabinets in this kitchen."

"Something strikes me that there aren't enough cabinets in this kitchen."

The use of the word "it" in the first sentence is known as the "pleonastic it." That's a regular feature of English. Very few people (apparently, based on an informal poll of linguistics graduate students in the 1990's) think the second sentence is natural-sounding. It's ok from my point of view, and that exact sentence was uttered by a friend of mine (while looking at the cabinets in his kitchen, naturally). Perhaps I should start an unutterably silly poll to determine what proportion of Mobileread members would allow that sentence as grammatical.

Now, someone can complain and vent that we've thoroughly derailed this thread about complaining and venting....
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Not that I know of. But I'm not sure what the equivalent would be in French, anyway.

Try these two sentences:

"It strikes me that there aren't enough cabinets in this kitchen."

"Something strikes me that there aren't enough cabinets in this kitchen."

The use of the word "it" in the first sentence is known as the "pleonastic it." That's a regular feature of English. Very few people (apparently, based on an informal poll of linguistics graduate students in the 1990's) think the second sentence is natural-sounding. It's ok from my point of view, and that exact sentence was uttered by a friend of mine (while looking at the cabinets in his kitchen, naturally). Perhaps I should start an unutterably silly poll to determine what proportion of Mobileread members would allow that sentence as grammatical.

Now, someone can complain and vent that we've thoroughly derailed this thread about complaining and venting....
I know I'm totally bamboozled by grammer, but I can't note anything incorrect in either of the sentences. To be both are equally valid...

How does one derail a thread. Every thread on MR starts off with a purpose and then meanders around like a drunken keyboard until it finds it's true place in the grand scheme...
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:42 PM   #134
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It strikes me that that sentence is very odd. No doubt about it.
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