LINGUIST List 12.2931

Mon Nov 26 2001

Qs: Neologisms, Slovene/"kavbojke"

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  • Alleygroup, Neologisms or coinages from advertising
  • Greenberg, Marc L, Slovene _kavbojke_

    Message 1: Neologisms or coinages from advertising

    Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 09:33:02 EST
    From: Alleygroup <>
    Subject: Neologisms or coinages from advertising

    Does a term exist for new words composed from brand name and an English word? An example would be Dellinaire (Dell computers + millionaire).



    Message 2: Slovene _kavbojke_

    Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 07:01:09 -0600
    From: Greenberg, Marc L <>
    Subject: Slovene _kavbojke_

    A friend and colleague, Dr. Marko Snoj, is completing the second edition of his Slovene Etymological Dictionary and has asked me to help him with some borrowings from English. Being a Slavist, I am of limited help and he has stumped me with this: He has asked me whether I know the meaning 'denim jeans' corresponding to the word _cowboy(s)_ so that he can decide whether this is the meaning that the Slovene word _kavbojke_ ['ka:w-boy-ke] fem. pl. tant. acquired from English or innovated itself. He claims to have heard this use in an American movie made in 1949. Does anyone know this meaning for _cowboys_? If so, can you provide a written source for this meaning? If not, an educated guess about its origin in English? I do not find this meaning in any of the reference works I have at hand. Please write to me off-list <> and I will be happy to post a summary. Many thanks, Marc - ------------------------------------------------------ Marc L. Greenberg Chair and Professor Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures University of Kansas - Wescoe Hall