I'm still working on my first cup of coffee; should I come across
over-snarkily, please accept my apologies. :>
> It is irrelevant whether small is nominally an adjective. The use of
> adjectives substantively, that is, as the grammatical equivalent of a
> noun, is well established for millenia.
Also, it's irrelevant in this case because the original post from 2001
explicitly states that the OED meanings listed are from the noun form of
> And I still will grumble like that old curmudgeon I am that “Child” is a
> correct and common period term. I bet you all say “remove” for feast
> courses too. (“Course” IS the period term).
I'm pretty sure "we all" don't. ;> And I pay my event fees at the gate,
if we want to play that game. *shrug*
> While Smale may be documentable slang, my child is a child, thank you. I
> am not accepting of the term in common use in my SCA period.
Of course not; you're a proper lady!
I'm not arguing for or against the use of slang; just noting the actual
dating of the term's assorted meanings as compared to SCA myth.