another wrong name for

I’m don’t think of this as a wrong name, but if “funny looking thing” can get on
the list this should as well: --> Wheel <-- as in “Nice wheel you’ve got there.”
I’ve been told this on occasion. Usually followed immediately by “Is there a
seat on the other end of that pole?”

My favorite is still YIKE.

Dennis Kathrens

Re: another wrong name for

d.kathrens@genie.geis.com wrote:
|>
|>
|> I’m don’t think of this as a wrong name, but if “funny looking thing” can get
|> on the list this should as well: --> Wheel <-- as in "Nice wheel you’ve got
|> there." I’ve been told this on occasion. Usually followed immediately by "Is
|> there a seat on the other end of that pole?"
|>
|> My favorite is still YIKE.

And so our list grows…

              ---------- More or Less "Real" Words --------------
  1. UNICYCLE Standard American

  2. MONOCYCLE Traditional (obsolescent?) British

  3. ONE-WHEELED VEHICLE “Scientific”

  4. ICICLE Colloquial (I know one family who use it)

  5. IKE Colloquial (not sure where from – attested)

  6. YIKE Colloquial (according to Adam Stork)

  7. UNI Colloquial, very common

          ------------Nonce (uneducated) Words -----------
    
  8. ONE-WHEELER Unattested, but I think I’ve heard it

  9. ONE-WHEEL BICYCLE Unattested, uneducated

  10. BIKE Substandard, uneducated, illiterate, stupid!

  11. ONE-WHEELED BICYCLE Colloquial, uneducated

  12. ONE-WHEELED BIKE Colloquial, uneducated

  13. TRICYCLE Colloquial, uneducated, childish

  14. UNI-BIKE Colloquial, uneducated

  15. ONE TRICYCLE Colloquial, uneducated, childish

  16. FUNNY LOOKING BIKE Uneducated nonce word?

  17. FUNNY THING Uneducated, childish nonce word?

  18. FUNNY LOOKING THING Uneducated nonce word?

  19. WHEEL Uneducated nonce word?

At 19 and still counting!! Will we break the 20 barrier?

Regards, Jack Halpern

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Re: Re: another wrong name for

Julian Orbach wrote:
|>
|> In a message to me, you wrote:
|>
|> > I don’t agree. A definition is not the same as a word (lexeme, in
|> > lexicographer’s parlance). THis wold of course eclude such stuff as "funny
|> > looking thing", which I’ll deal with in a future message.
|>
|> I am happy for you to reject “one-wheeled velocipede”, as I agree - it
|> doesn’t really belong. But, I think you should also reject "one-wheeled
|> vehicle", as it falls in exactly the same boat (doesn’t it? You’re the
|> expert here.)
|>
|> Julian

Let me explain. “one-wheeled vehicle” is acceptable because it is an
established, albeit rare, compound word. It is used mostly when talking about
the thoretical aspects of unicycles, especially when explaining the difference
between unicycles and monocycles. Thus a “one-wheeled vehicle” includes (is
superordinate, if you want to get technical) “unicycle” and “monocycle”, which
are its hyponyms (class members). Anyway, “one-wheeled velocipede” is a a phrase
used as a definition – it is not a lexeme in its own right. Therefore,
“one-wheeled vehicle” is an acceptable compound word, whereas “one-wheeled
velocipede” is a descriptive phrase.

Hope I didn’t bore you unics with the lexicographic jargon.

Stay on top,

Jack Halpern