Annals of nouning

Today’s Scenes From a Multiverse:

Cute nouning of horny (along with everywhither and, in fact, pell-mell, plus the colloquial clipping congrats), to mean ‘horniness’, or possibly ‘sexual arousal’. (And, yes, OED2 has everywhither, with cites from 1398, 1851, and 1888. And in OED3 (August 2010), pell-mell in the sense ‘in disordered haste; headlong, in a rush; at reckless or breakneck speed’, frequently referring to the action of a single person, with cites from 1584 through 1986. And in OED2, congrats for congratulations, with cites from 1884 through 1962.)


One Response to “Annals of nouning”

  1. More annals of nouning « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] More annals of nouning By arnold zwicky Although it’s hard to judge these things, my impression is that nonce nouning has become a feature of vernacular speech and writing; for some recent examples, see my discussion of Ryan North’s (of Dinosaur Comics) writing style, here, and of the nouning of horny in Scenes From at Multiverse, here. […]

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