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    Default Re: Compound words, noun plus noun.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    But not a toothbrush holder fastener box eater. That is where logic and common sense come in.
    Sure. That's why I said if the string seems to make sense to you. There's no problem with train station ticket office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Sure. That's why I said if the string seems to make sense to you. There's no problem with train station ticket office.
    All right, but what about invariant adjuncts like: "road rage". Is "ice cream" a invariant adjunct and "table tennis"?
    And is data-type/data type variant or invariant?

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    The first time someone hears a new term, they may have to learn the meaning the same way they would with a new word, but it would normally be in a context. Road rage is fairly new, but once the idea caught on, we suddenly had a new family of rages. If someone used the words alone, the meaning might not be clear, but if they told us that a driver had got out of their car and attacked them and used the term, most people would know what it meant.

    We need new terms all the time, and they can be disseminated very quickly through the media, internet, etc, so a new compound is rarely a problem for long even when the meaning isn't crystal clear on first hearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The first time someone hears a new term, they may have to learn the meaning the same way they would with a new word, but it would normally be in a context. Road rage is fairly new, but once the idea caught on, we suddenly had a new family of rages. If someone used the words alone, the meaning might not be clear, but if they told us that a driver had got out of their car and attacked them and used the term, most people would know what it meant.

    We need new terms all the time, and they can be disseminated very quickly through the media, internet, etc, so a new compound is rarely a problem for long even when the meaning isn't crystal clear on first hearing.
    But why does sugar mama mean:A woman who wants/needs sex and companionship and is willing to pay for it via gifts, trips, and money.
    (I know funny question) But why when there's the word "sugar" in front of mama the meaning above comes. What has sugar to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rambolola View Post
    But why does sugar mama mean:A woman who wants/needs sex and companionship and is willing to pay for it via gifts, trips, and money.
    (I know funny question) But why when there's the word "sugar" in front of mama the meaning above comes. What has sugar to do with it.
    There is also "Sugar Daddy".

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    Quote Originally Posted by rambolola View Post
    But why does sugar mama mean:A woman who wants/needs sex and companionship and is willing to pay for it via gifts, trips, and money.
    (I know funny question) But why when there's the word "sugar" in front of mama the meaning above comes. What has sugar to do with it.
    Really? Icelandic doesn't form metaphorical terms like this?

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