Isn’t “higher-priced products” with an adjective ungrammatical for the correct “more highly priced products” with an adverb?

The phrase higher-priced products is very common, but isn’t it grammatically incorrect? The adjective higher is being forced to servce as an adverb here, so the phrase should instead be more highly priced. What’s the verdict? Answer Both are correct with long-established usage. You can say “more highly” if you like, but according to adverb, … Read more

Is the “The Pirate King” another structure of “The King of Pirates”, interchangeably or “Pirate” is like an adj., meaning “The King that is a pirate”?

I have ambiguity with the meaning of some compound nouns, especially in the form noun+noun like: "The Pirate King", "The Lion King", "The Pirate Bay" and so on. EDITED: to put it in context: Consider this famous movie title: "The Lion King", is it literally another structure of "The King of Lions", meaning are they … Read more

Do the words “en dash” and “em dash” require a hyphen?

I have seen the compound words “en dash” and “em dash” sometimes appear with a hyphen (“en-dash”) and sometimes without. Are both the hyphenated and the unhyphenated forms correct? Answer There is no unanimity on the proper form of this term—at least not among U.S. authorities. Merriam-Webster’s Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003) doesn’t include entries for … Read more

Term for creating a fantasy word from all letters of two existing words?

If I have two words – let’s say “lamp” and “vampire” and I put all of their letters together to form a new fantasy word. e.g. “vapamlimper” does this process have a name? I already considered terms like portmanteau or blend word but they don’t quite hit the spot. This is also not a pure … Read more

Why is it incorrect to say/write “I want to know today weather” instead of “I want to know today’s weather”?

“‘s” indicates possesive case. Although it’s absurd to say that “today” owns “weather”, possesive case can indicate other relationships too. For example, in “Picasso’s paintings” it means “by Picasso” and in “children’s stories” it means “for children”. So “today’s weather” can be interpreted as “weather for today”. So all is good. BUT there’s another seemingly … Read more

“Fish and chips shop” or “fish and chip shop”?

When referring to a restaurant specializing in fish and chips would you call it a fish and chip shop or a fish and chips shop? Answer "Attributive nouns" or the first elements of compound nouns tend to be singular in form There is no absolute rule forbidding the use of a plural noun in the … Read more

What part of speech is the word hair in ‘hair spray’?

Consider the following sentence as an example. I used some hair spray. What part of speech is hair? Intuitively, I want to say it’s an adjective modifying spray since hair spray is two separate words and not a compound noun. Hair spray however, as paired nouns, is something that we’ve decided to call a thing … Read more

Mishearing something overheard

Consider the following situation: A & B are having a conversation. C overhears it. Either A or B says something C considers controversial. C later speaks about this in private, but has misheard. Is there a single compound word that would cover this situation? I am thinking either ‘overmisheard’ or ‘misoverheard’: “I’m sorry, I seem … Read more