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Laos Poles

21 March, 2013

Twitter has flung up two interesting language quirks over the week – the kind of stuff that DA.com thrives on. The first is a question (from Tripper honcho Antonio Sarhanis) which has proven ticklish to answer:

Are there many words that have a letter switch to silent when moving from noun to adjective like Laos does? Off-hand, I’m struggling to find another, but thought heads plural are better than one. Can anyone think of one more at least?!

Second tweet related to capitonyms, where Polish (with a big P) is not polish with a small. English has a few dozen of these. Wikipedia has a whole page with multiple links. Enough for us to polish the idea into a puzzle:

Krakow Kiwi? = Polish polish

DA1 – 31-day trek
DA2 – University lesson (from today’s Times!)
DA3 – Alabama phone
DA4 – Post requiring patience?
DA5 – Important PM
DA6 – Car crossing

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