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I Pokily Poked a Poke in the Pokey

The English language is a marvelous thing, isn’t it? Not just the depth and breadth and height of it, or the way it freely (and forcibly) adopts works from other languages, but the way it evolves and grows and mutates. Yet, despite the size and scale of the language, and all the neat parlour tricks it’s picked up – the verbing of nouns and the nouning of verbs, to give two examples – it still occasionally forces a single word to do double, triple, or even quadruple duty.

Consider “poke”, and all its variations.
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on November 30th, 2009 | 1 Comment »