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Teva'd1

adjective Derivation, analogy
Wearing Teva sandals
 
This word is not frequently used because it is not especially common to need a word to identify the type of shoes that you are wearing by the brand. However, because it is a somewhat weird word, it is immediately understandable by the listener or reader, and the speaker or writer is usually writing for an audience that knows what Teva sandals are. The speaker probably used it to add a certain whimsicality to her speak that comes with creating a new word.
Etymology : Teva is a specific brand of sandal worn for comfort. –ed is a past participle suffix on verbs, so in order to be applied to teva, teva needs to be zero-derived into a verb. This is not a difficult semantic change; the listener would understand that in the same way that to shoe something is to put shoes on its feet, to teva something is to put Tevas on its feet. -ed comes all the way from Proto-Indo-European -to-, meaning “the accomplishment of the verb to which it is attached. This became -da- in Proto-Germanic and eventually –ed¬ in Old English.
Source : “Am I a feminist? Well the last 7 books I read were by women so you tell m-*All 7 Harry Potter books fall from my bag and crush my teva’d feet*” -H. Caldwell Tanner, via Twitter, October 2016
Last modified: 4 December 2016


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