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#1 2005-10-29 13:19:05

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

"child progeny" for "child prodigy"

Over 1000 Google hits. The fact that “child” and “progeny” do legitimately appear together in some of the phrases Google called up (“that child’s progeny…”) could help reinforce this redundant-looking phrase. Some of these are almost certainly examples of the type of Spellchecker substitution Chris Waigl posted on a couple of days ago (“Required reading!”), though I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it in speech too. Examples:

He gave his first public concert as child progeny at the age of nine.

A child progeny, born into one of Philadelphia’s most illustrious families, Nicholas Biddle studied when still in his teens, first at the University of Pennsylvania, then at Princeton. Biddle graduated in 1801, at the age of fifteen, too young to engage in a profession. … 300901.asp

The Internet is a two-year old just learning to walk; it might turn into a juvenile delinquent or a child progeny. … rends.html



#2 2007-03-09 09:44:25

Registered: 2007-03-09
Posts: 7

Re: "child progeny" for "child prodigy"

Bill Watterson had a nice Calvin and Hoobes cartoon on this one. Calvin: “I’m a child progeny.” Hobbes: “Most children are.”



#3 2008-12-22 17:22:29

Registered: 2007-12-26
Posts: 95

Re: "child progeny" for "child prodigy"

Also check out “child protege” (3,870 ghits) and “child protoge” (sic) (4,080 ghits)

“Meet the Child Protege with the $700 billion Wallet… ” … 3376000000

“A child protoge on tabla, Ravi first perfromed a tabla solo for AIR Bombay at the age of 5.” … llare.html



#4 2011-10-29 21:08:51

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

Re: "child progeny" for "child prodigy"

Just heard “child protégé” this evening by the host of a rock show on CBC radio – along with “lip sank” as the past tense of lip sync.

Last edited by burred (2011-12-22 18:14:17)



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