Re: CHAT: Ugly linguistics terms (was Re: inventory of cases)
|From:||Josh Roth <fuscian@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, July 3, 1999, 0:00|
In a message dated 7/2/1999 3:28:15 PM, email@example.com writes:
>On Mon, 28 Jun 1999, Brad Coon wrote:
>> My first exposure to the whole concept of ergativity was in a sketch
>> grammar which
>> as you note, used the term Relative. I have used it ever since in my
>> although the
>> genitive sense has usually been lost once cases started proliferating.
> I just
>> can't see myself
>> ever using the term 'ergative' which has got to be the ugliest word
>in all of
>> linguistics (IMNSHO).
>That's got to be one of the top 5 or so, but I'd say "inchoative" in #1
Hmmmmm... I love the word ergative! I think the ugliest word is
glottochronology (and its derivatives).