Saturday, March 25, 2006

Garlicky Lentil Soup

Why must one add a "k" to the word garlic in order to make it an adjective? Garlicky. It looks so wrong.


Linus said...

yucky looks kinda garlicky too

Chaka said...

Presumably because "garlicy" would be mispronounced as / English "c" represents /k/ in most contexts but before mid-to-high front vowels (i.e., "i", "e", and "y") it generally represents /s/.

Of course, English words ending in the /k/ sound usually aren't spelled with a "c" by itself. Garlic is somewhat unusual English spelling in that sense. One would expect garlick--I imagine that was a common variant spelling that for some reason was not selected as the standard.

Pirate Jimmy said...

I'll garLICKy YOU!

Yeah, I said it.
It's out there.