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sweet tooth fairies

Postby balr » Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:19 am UTC

Language log reports a new pastime: composites of the form X Y Z, created by overlapping a composite X Y with a composite Y Z.. Hence [sweet tooth] and [tooth fairies] or cold comfort break dance

Now, a real feat would be to get from A to Z in order:

  • Art book
  • book cover
  • cover design
  • design e????

With some rules for scoring? 1 point for every word correctly in alphabetic sequence. -n points for every letter missed. No going backwards:

  • Art book (2 points)
  • book cover (1 point)
  • cover design (1 point)
  • design method (-8 for missing E to L)
  • method actor (Not allowed -- no going backwards)

Maximum score is 26. But I'd be impressed to see even a positive score.

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Re: sweet tooth fairies

Postby dawolf » Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:24 pm UTC

design evaluation
evaluation form
form guide
guide horse

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Re: sweet tooth fairies

Postby Lounge » Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:57 pm UTC

I think you just hard mash words together and still get something resembling making sense.
Quick run through brought me to:

After Birth
Birth Control
Control Drawing
Drawing Easel
Easel Frame
Frame Glass
Glass Home
Home Insulation
Insulation Knife
Knife Merchant
Merchant Number
Number Operator
Operator Precedence
Precedence Rule (-1, Q)
Rule Set
Set Time
Time Up
Up Variance
Variance Weighing (-3, XYZ)

I'm sure with some dedication and more thought the phrases could be A) Be more eloquent, and B) More immediately recognizable. But I'm at work so this is what you get.
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Re: sweet tooth fairies

Postby rigwarl » Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:29 pm UTC

You can cheat at this is by letting google fill it in for you. Type "art b..." it returns "art book", then type "book c...", etc.

Of course, that's not very fun. Just an observation.

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Re: sweet tooth fairies

Postby mr-mitch » Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:19 pm UTC

I think you just hard mash words together and still get something resembling making sense.

IF this is allowed, and the resultant composites/phrases don't have to be nouns,
acute bronchitis
bronchitis cure
cure depression
depression economy
economy finance
finance growth
growth hormone
hormone inhibited
inhibited jurisdiction
jurisdiction key
key lime
lime mortar
mortar nail
nail ornament
ornament picture
picture quality
quality reduced
reduced sauce
sauce thickener
thickener user
user verification
verification withdrawn
withdrawn x-ray
x-ray yield
yield zone

I dislike a few of them.

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Re: sweet tooth fairies

Postby skeptical scientist » Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:39 pm UTC

art bell curve data entry field goal keeper league minimum number one piece quilt show time unit vector

missed: hijrwxyz

score: 18-8=10

Other people have more, but I dislike many of their choices. Can I use "Art Bell"? It's a name, but very well known. I feel like my pairs are all immediately recognizable.
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