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I did not understand very well what wanted to mean “Endocentric/Exocentric compounds”. I would like to know the direction in general.
If somebody understood what that wants to say please help me.
Thank you in advance.
An ENDOCENTRIC compound is one in which two words are added together to denote a particular kind of the second, e.g., doghouse (= a HOUSE for a dog) or ratrace (= a RACE for rats [literally, anyway!]).
An EXOCENTRIC compound, on the other hand, denotes something that does not correspond directly to either of the constituent elements, e.g. thumbnail, not a type of nail, but a type of digital picture.