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Re: Weekly Vocab #1.1.1 (repost #1)

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 3:02
On Sep 4, 2006, at 5:19 PM, Henrik Theiling wrote:

> Hi! > > Carsten Becker writes: >> ... >>>> 2. werewolf / lycanthrope of some variety >> >> ayvengaryo (lit. "wolf-man") >> ... > > Interesting. Did you have a particular reason to decide to reverse > the typical order for compounding? All the languages in which I know > the word 'werewolf' compound it as 'man-wolf'.
There is an English word 'wolfman' (or 'wolf man') also. I'm not sure of its exact semantics or distribution, but it seems to occur most commonly in the context of old monster movies (including the one called "The Wolf Man").
> > I always intuitionally thought 'wolf-man' would be more sensible, so I > wonder whether you thought the same.
It's an interesting question -- is a werewolf a (wolf-like) type of human, or a (human-like) type of wolf?
> > When translating it a few days ago, I still sticked to the order all > the other languages I know use. > > **Henrik


Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>