Is there a word for the study of the origin and development of phrases
Posted: 11 July 2012 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Is there a term paralleling ‘etymology’ for the study of the origin and development of phrases? Recently here persons were discussing “south paw”. Is that an etymological discussion?

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Posted: 11 July 2012 09:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I think “phraseology” might be the word.

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...In linguistics, phraseology is the study of set or fixed expressions, such as idioms, phrasal verbs, and other types of multi-word lexical units (often collectively referred to as phrasemes), in which the component parts of the expression take on a meaning more specific than or otherwise not predictable from the sum of their meanings when used independently....

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Posted: 11 July 2012 02:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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FWIW, my vote would be to just use “etymology” whether you are referring to the origin of a word or a phrase.  Phraseology has another, well settled, meaning, and saying you have a question about phraseology could lead to a lot of confusion.  But that’s just my two cents and you might want to take your cue from somebody with more currency.  :)

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Posted: 12 July 2012 05:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I agree with S. Vinyard.

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Posted: 17 July 2012 01:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Mmm, phraseology doesn’t refer to the study of the origin and development of phrases.

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Posted: 17 July 2012 06:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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There is not a single word for every concept one might want to express.

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Posted: 17 July 2012 07:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Yes .

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