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#1 2018-02-08 17:37:10

ladysun1969
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"snip bit" for snippet

I received an email newsletter today with: “I’ve only overheard some snip bits here and there.”

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#2 2018-02-09 13:37:44

kem
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Re: "snip bit" for snippet

Good find, ladysun. We have “snip it” for “snippet” before ( here ) but “snipbit” is new. The noun “snipbit” seems fairly well established in certain vocabularies, to judge by the number of samples returned by Google searches.

In that earlier post, Ken calls the switch “unsurprising,” since both are built from the verb “snip.” True. The transformation of “it” to “bit,” however, is quite eggcornish. I can’t recall any other example on the Forum of the “it >> bit” move.


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#3 2018-02-09 16:43:54

ladysun1969
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Re: "snip bit" for snippet

> The noun “snipbit” seems fairly well established in certain vocabularies, to judge by the number of samples returned by Google searches.

I admit to not doing a search for it. Was it one word or two? It was definitely two words in the newsletter I received.

> The transformation of “it” to “bit,” however, is quite eggcornish. I can’t recall any other example on the Forum of the “it >> bit” move.

It could just be a result of spelling out the elision. Or possibly the thought process of “snipping things into bits”.

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#4 2018-02-10 00:24:19

kem
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Re: "snip bit" for snippet

Was it one word or two?

I searched for the two-word version. The trick is to search for the noun by putting “a snip bit” and “the snip bit” in the Google search box (in quotes, of course).


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#5 2018-03-23 09:04:22

DavidTuggy
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Re: "snip bit" for snippet

Any connection to tidbit / titbit , do you suppose?

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2018-03-23 09:04:42)


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#6 2018-03-27 17:07:24

kem
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Re: "snip bit" for snippet

Any connection to tidbit / titbit , do you suppose?

“Tidbit” certainly could have paved the way for “snipbit.”


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