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Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Postby Eebster the Great » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:12 pm UTC

I might buy "run past," but "run against?" Come on. You run for election, which was already considered. Adding a preposition doesn't make it a new word. And "run along" just means literally exactly what it says, according to definition #1.

But yes, "run" (not "run of") as in "production batch" is definitely another meaning. It also has several meanings in card games. "Run" can also just mean a repeating sequence, like a run of bad luck.

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Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Postby Pfhorrest » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:39 am UTC

I'm pretty sure all of those are just in the sense of "series".
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Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Postby Eebster the Great » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:37 am UTC

Its a meaning of "run" for sure, not of "run of." It doesn't add to the list. "Run" by itself just has trillions of definitions.

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Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Postby WriteBrainedJR » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:19 am UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:And "run along" just means literally exactly what it says, according to definition #1.

No, it doesn't. "Run along" has absolutely nothing to do with literal running. It means "go away" or "leave me alone," which is very rarely done using an actual running stride with free flight. "Run along" absolutely goes on this list.

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Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Postby Eebster the Great » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:19 am UTC

"Run" can already mean "leave" on its own. "I've got to run, catch you later." "Along" is sort of hard to describe here, but is used in the same way as "move along." I guess it's debatable.

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Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Postby jaap » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:50 am UTC

Isogram
"Iso" means same, so shouldn't a word with all different letters be called something like "heterogram"?

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Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Postby Eebster the Great » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:07 am UTC

Each letter in an isogram is repeated the same number of times.

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Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Postby ThirdParty » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:19 pm UTC

jaap wrote:Isogram
"Iso" means same, so shouldn't a word with all different letters be called something like "heterogram"?

No, no, a "heterogram" is any word that does not describe its own written form. So "palindrome" is a heterogram, but "isogram" is not a heterogram. Figuring out whether "heterogram" is a heterogram is left as an exercise to the reader.


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