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October 20, 2007


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What makes 'vulch' clever is that it's more than just a simple truncation -- it's a back-formation, based on reanalyzing 'vulture' as a verb ('vulch') plus the agentive suffix -er. So it really has more in common with such successful back-formations as 'edit' and 'peddle,' each of which was also coined by removing that same -er suffix from a word that hadn't contained it in the first place, than it has with 'veg' and 'ridic.'

Thanks, Q. Pheevr. Interesting analysis!

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