Kurt H Maier
khm at sciops.net
Thu Jul 19 02:25:14 AEST 2018
On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 12:13:08PM -0400, William Cheswick wrote:
> Marion Harris gave a talk at 1985 Portland (Fireworks and Salmon)
> Usenix about the unapologetic use of such verbs.
> Grep uses the “gr” as in grasp, grope, grab, etc, similar to the
> “sl” in slither, slider, sleek, etc. She gave a linguistic term
> for such things, and I remember a word like “sythesim”, but that’s
> not it.
I think it's probably "phonestheme" as defined by Firth in "The
Tongues of Men & Speech."
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