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Plank

other word formation type Metaphorical change in meaning.; zero derivation The verb of the noun plank are the same.; verb The term is an action.; back formation The verb associated with a noun is created.
To "plank" is to lie in an unusual place with your body in a flat position. This use of the word was created through metaphor. The act of "planking" makes the person's body seem like a "plank" of wood, flat and rigid. The word could also be considered a back formation, since it is assumed that the act of being a plank: "flat and rigid" is its own verb based on the noun, and this is also a zero derivation since the verb and noun are the same.
 
"The teenagers were kicked out of the store for planking, because they were constantly getting in the way."
Etymology : The noun "plank" comes from the late 13th century from Old French "planche" meaning "plank, slab", this is from the Late Latin word "planca" meaning "broad slab, board." This is probably from Latin "plancus" meaning "flat", which is ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European morph "plak-" meaning "to be flat".
Source : Friend. September 22nd 2013.
Last modified: 24 November 2013


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