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Re: CHAT: corn (was: [CHAT] Aussie terminology question)

From:Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Friday, February 11, 2005, 11:39
On 11 Feb 2005, at 6.00 am, Ray Brown wrote:

> We wouldn't say *'rice corn' and 'maize corn' would be understood as a > collective mass noun - just making clear that the corn in question is > maize, not wheat or oats. > > A grain of rice or of maize is, well, just a grain of rice or maize > :)
OTOH, we do say 'peppercorn'---and I never realised the significance of that till today. -- Tristan.