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Conceptual Combination

  • By: Edward Wisniewski & Jing Wu
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

People frequently combine familiar words to produce novel phrases and new ideas such as “boomerang flu” (flu that goes away only to come back again) and “zebra mussel,” which refers to mussels that have stripes somewhat resembling ...