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Re: Surprisingly literal compound words in the English language
« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2017, 11:58:41 AM »
  I wonder how the blackbird got it's name?  Hmm. 
There is a mountain adjacent to Mt Lassen called Brokeoff because when the mountain blew there was a big part leftover.   

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Re: Surprisingly literal compound words in the English language
« Reply #32 on: February 15, 2017, 12:27:08 PM »
Still doesn't explain why you drive on the parkway and park on the driveway.

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Re: Surprisingly literal compound words in the English language
« Reply #33 on: February 15, 2017, 12:38:30 PM »
  I wonder how the blackbird got it's name?  Hmm. 
There is a mountain adjacent to Mt Lassen called Brokeoff because when the mountain blew there was a big part leftover.

Ooh ooh "bumblebee".  Did standalone "bumble" come first?  Cause that bee definitely bumbles around.
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Re: Surprisingly literal compound words in the English language
« Reply #34 on: February 15, 2017, 02:17:18 PM »
  I wonder how the blackbird got it's name?  Hmm. 
There is a mountain adjacent to Mt Lassen called Brokeoff because when the mountain blew there was a big part leftover.

Ooh ooh "bumblebee".  Did standalone "bumble" come first?  Cause that bee definitely bumbles around.

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Re: Surprisingly literal compound words in the English language
« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2017, 03:28:09 PM »
Have we had these yet?

Blowout
Outside
Inside

And perhaps

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Re: Surprisingly literal compound words in the English language
« Reply #36 on: February 15, 2017, 04:42:19 PM »
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Re: Surprisingly literal compound words in the English language
« Reply #37 on: February 15, 2017, 09:28:31 PM »
I also have questions about overcast.

I considered Overcast but there is an old-fashioned definition of cast which refers to a tint of colour, which works. It is literally a colour cast that is over you.
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Re: Surprisingly literal compound words in the English language
« Reply #38 on: March 10, 2017, 11:26:38 AM »
Have we had 'waterfall' yet?

That made me think of rainfall, snowfall, sleepover, timeout, outtake, takeout, outerwear.

I like the ones that reverse, like takeout and outtake.
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