Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: corks

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 996
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    corks

    Hello,

    I wonder if both these compound nouns are valid:

    wine cork
    bottle cork

    Thank you!

  1. probus's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 2,922
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: corks

    Wine cork is fine. I've never heard bottle cork in my life. Neither the corpus of BrE nor that of AmE contains a single instance of it.
    Last edited by probus; 21-Mar-2013 at 21:30.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 11,428
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: corks

    As far as I am concerned a cork is a cork. I've never felt the need to have to make any sort of compound noun out of it.

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 21,618
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: corks

    "A champagne cork hit me in the eye." The use of champagne is not to establish its ontology, but rather how it came to hit me in the eye.

  3. probus's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 2,922
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: corks

    "A champagne cork hit me in the eye." I'll bet it was worth it. At least you got to drink some champagne.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •