Fixed colocation


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Dean Jacobs proposed searching for adjectives that are commonly applied only to a single noun (or maybe two or three synonyms). Linguists call this sort of thing fixed colocation. Here are some examples:

Some examples are technical words, coined or specialized for a particular purpose: Sometimes a cliche can provide a weak example: Some adverb examples:

Please mail me if you disagree with any of these or have other suggestions.


Mike O'Brien adds the following:
Interesting words, sort of in the same vein but not quite:

Tarmac, normally called asphalt, but at an airport it is tarmac.

Scudding: Seems to be a verb that only applies to clouds. Although I
once read that a ship could scud too.

Jut: A verb that applies to stationary, inanimate objects.

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