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Re: lykanthropos (was: Weekly Vocab #1.1.1 (repost #1))

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Thursday, September 21, 2006, 19:41
Quoting R A Brown <ray@...>:

> Henrik Theiling wrote: > > Hi! > > > > Philip Newton writes: > [snip] > >> > >>"Lycanthrope" is a counter-example :) (lykos, wolf; anthropos, human) > > > > > > Funny -- I even (though I) had considered this when I stated the > > above. Confusion. > > Certainly it is a counter example to 'man+wolf' *order*; but Henrik has > since explained: "By writing 'man-wolf', I meant 'man' modifying 'wolf' > in whatever order the particular language implements this." > > I am not sure that in this respect Greek _lykanthropos_ is a counter > example. It is one of the less common (for ancient Greek) type of > compound where both parts are nouns. There are a few others. for example:
[snip examples] I know basically jack of Old English, but is it possible that 'werewolf' itself is originally a dvanda? Andreas


Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>