They had an all-day scrap.Somebody else (who didn’t know the speaker) commented on that and the speaker gave a long explanation, including these points:
Yeah, we use it so much we shorten it, 'to scrap'. Pretty soon, it’s going to be just “scr” [skər] I guess. And when we say it, we don’t mean 'to get into a fight'.Pretty good on-the-fly analysis from what I'm willing to bet was a non-linguist.
In fact, I had come into earshot just in time to hear only “they had an all-day scrap”, and they only way I could interpret that is as being about a fight. (The noun scrap is ambiguous, but in the sense of ‘remnant’ you wouldn’t normally have an all-day one, of course.
For some reason, as a person who doesn’t have any connection to morphology, I’m hearing constant cases where ‘blocking’ doesn’t seem to be working. Go figure.
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