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From:Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>
Date:Thursday, October 30, 2003, 11:39
On Thu, 30 Oct 2003, Andreas Johansson wrote:

> "Picker-up" is what I'd say, but not being native that of course doesn't really > count. > > Does the form "up-picker" occur? It seems the second most natural alternative > to me ...
I've never heard it, but because I'm that kind of person, I'll sometimes say 'up-picking' as the gerund, but not participle/present progressive.
> BTW, David, do you find "passers-by" equally odd?
(As I said, 'picker-up' is wrong to me; I'd say 'picker-upperer'.) 'Passers-by' I found odd when I first heard it, but not any more because it's a fixed phrase, just like I'll accept 'Governors General' as the plural of 'Governor General'. -- Tristan.