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Query:   loans/metaphors
Author:  P Kurtboke
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition

Summary:   I HAVE RECENTLY POSTED A QUERY ABOUT LOANS AND METAPHORS (LINGUIST 11.1253) AND RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES:

'SPAGHETTIFICATION' WHICH IS USED IN COSMOLOGY TO DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENS TO MATTER AS IT APPROACHES THE EVENT HORIZON OF A BLACK HOLE

'SPAGHETTI CODE' TO REFER TO PROGRAMMING CODE THAT HAS CONVOLUTED DO LOOPS, WHILE LOOPS,, ETC., INSTEAD OF NEATLY MODULARIZED BLOCKS, MUCH LIKE A WAD OF STICKY COOKED LINGUINI.

'SPAGHETTI' IS OFTEN USED ESPECIALLY IN EASTERN GERMANY TO DENOTE AN ITALIAN OR (AT THE WORST) ANY KIND OF FOREIGNER COMING FROM THE SOUTH [E.G. 'SPAGHETTIS KLATSCHEN' MEANS TO 'HUNT A FOREIGNER ON THE STREETS (AND TO KNOCK HIM/HER AROUND'].

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LL Issue: 11.1306
Date Posted: 10-Jun-2000
Original Query: Read original query