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March 06, 2013


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The word-blend thing started, for me at least, with the UK TV comedy 'Look Around You', a creation of Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowiz, which parodied a certain type of educational programme. The blended word in this sketch was soon heard in playgrounds and offices all over the country. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jtU9BbReQk

This got me thinking about "the more the merrier." As we all know, the implied meaning is "the more [people], the merrier [the occasion or whatever]." What is the function of "more" in this context?
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I wouldn't take the "the" in "The more you read the more you know" as evidence that "more" is functioning as a noun. Compare "The longer I live the more I know" or "The more you complain the longer God lets you live". Surely "longer" is not a noun in either of these. (I think.)

Empty: According to the OED, "more" functions as a pronoun in "the more you know."

I'm still stuck on "bleisure," which reads "blessure" - wound (the flesh type) in French - to me.

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