NABOKV-L post 0022198, Thu, 24 Nov 2011 14:50:03 -0200

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Re: [NABOKV-L] AntidulcinistStan K-Bootle [Oct.4, 2011] "...a semantic spread ...can impact different readers according to their linguistic backgrounds...English is particularly rich in offering ways of nouning adjectives and other non-noun categories. Our eight parts of speech can be juggled in wondrous ways, witness the verb to noun! VN had a wide choice going from adjective (sweet=dulce) to noun (sweetness-dulc????). Any of -dom, -ness, -ity, -ment, -ence, -ance, -hood, -itude, etc., readily work semantically, however unfamiliar and ugly some of these suffixed nouns may strike the unforgiving prescriptionist. It's largely a quirk of fate that certain suffix combinations catch on, while others fade and die."

JM: Rereading old VN-L postings and a piece by Martin Amis ( Vladimir Nabokov Centennial | Martin Amis on Lolita www.randomhouse.com/.../nabokov/amis.html ) I felt once again Lolita's dolorous impact on my every sense.
Several long forgotten purple passages were highlighted by Amis in hellish isolation, and raised anew issues on cruelty and the tyranny on souls.
It was when I came across HH's reference to "the exquisite caloricity of unexpected delights" and puzzled about the precision of HH's choice of "caloricity."* in his transposition from adjective to noun.
Perhaps HH's lubricious heat sounds correct in French? "à l'exquise caloricité de voluptés inattendues " is how Maurice Couturier translates this sentence.
In Portuguese the noun remained unaltered "ao suave calor de inesperadas delícias - Venus febriculosa - "(Jorio Dauster)



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* Caloricity - the Free Merriam-Webster: physiological ability to develop and maintain bodily heat . Origin of CALORICITY. F caloricité, fr. L calor heat + F -icité (fr. L -icus-ic + F ... www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caloricity

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