Let’s get Mexican

Today’s Rhymes With Orange:


Nouning by truncation, with the nominal Adj + food abbreviated to Adj, but still functioning as a nominal: Mexican ‘Mexican food’.

This particular pattern of nouning has come up here before, in a 10/10/12 posting on cartoonist Andy Singer, with #3:

Bears Adjust to Urban Living: “Let’s eat Chinese tonight”

Indian, Italian, etc. can be similarly converted. Consider, for example, the Tripadvisor report on the Amity Motor Inn in Albany, Western Australia: “A bed for the night and Indian for dinner”. And the Pinterest site “Italian for dinner”, with recipes for Italian dishes.

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