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Chris -- 2011-03-08
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.
The Internet is a two-year old just learning to walk; it might turn into a juvenile delinquent or a child progeny.
http://www.auburn.edu/administration/ho … rends.html
Bill Watterson had a nice Calvin and Hoobes cartoon on this one. Calvin: “I’m a child progeny.” Hobbes: “Most children are.”
Also check out “child protege” (3,870 ghits) and “child protoge” (sic) (4,080 ghits)
“Meet the Child Protege with the $700 billion Wallet… ”
http://www.grindstonefinancial.com/2008 … 3376000000
“A child protoge on tabla, Ravi first perfromed a tabla solo for AIR Bombay at the age of 5.”
http://music.calarts.edu/~bansuri/pages … llare.html
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)