Collocation restriction

Today’s Ada@Home cartoon by Rob Harrell exemplifies the restriction of lexical items to specific collocations: (Hat tip to reader Verdant on my Twitter account.) From NOAD: verb stub: [with object] 1 accidentally strike (one’s toe) against something: I stubbed my toe, swore, and tripped. … Here the collocational restriction of stub is indicated by (one’s toe): stub  is restricted … Continue reading Collocation restriction