Jack Halpern wrote:
>You will probably be amazed to know that “unicycle” has I think more than
>20 synonyms in English – I could post that list if people are
Jeff Lutkus wrote…
>When I’m riding, people around me have only used the words such as
>“unicycle,” “that thing,”
and even (still trying to figure this out) “tricycle”.
>Post away, Jack
Here is the list. Before anyone objects that these are not “real synonyms”
I will say that you are right, The theory of synonymy is very complex, and
involves fine distinctions between absolute synonyms, near-synonyms,
synonymous expressions, including unlexicalized nonce words, and more. I
will spare you the gory details.
There are 28 terms in all. The “English” part of the output from the
database implies that I have other languages too – actually, quite a few.
I will, “one day”, make Unicode and gif versions of all the languages.
Perhaps use as a T-shirt for UXI?
English UNICYCLE Standard English MONOCYCLE Traditional (obsolescent?)
British English ONE-WHEELED VEHICLE “Scientific” English ICICLE colloq. (I
know one family who use it) English IKE colloq. (not sure where from –
attested) English YIKE colloq. (according to Adam Stork) English UNI
colloq., very common English WHEEL colloq. English ONE-WHEELER Unattested
nonce word English ONE-WHEEL BICYCLE Unattested, substandard nonce word
English BIKE Substandard nonce word English ONE-WHEELED BICYCLE colloq.,
substandard nonce word English ONE-WHEELED BIKE colloq., substandard nonce
word English TRICYCLE colloq., substandard, childish nonce word English
UNI-BIKE colloq., substandard nonce word English MONOBIKE substandard
nonce word? (by Phillipino) English ONE TRICYCLE colloq., substandard,
childish nonce word English BICYCLE Substandard illiterate nonce word
English UNIQUE colloq. nonce word (by Coolberg) English FUNNY LOOKING BIKE
substandard informal description English FUNNY THING substandard informal
description English FUNNY LOOKING THING substandard informal description
English THAT WEIRD THING substandard informal description English THAT
SILLY THING substandard informal description English THAT THING
substandard informal description English THAT substandard informal
description English THAT OVER THERE substandard informal description
English WHAT THAT FUNNY MAN’S RIDING substandard informal description
Do you know of any others, or can you confirm the unattested ones?
Regards, Jack Halpern President, The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc.
http://www.cjk.org Phone: +81-48-473-3508