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river

verb; analogy
to be revealed as the fifth card in the community dealing of a game of Texas Hold ‘Em Type of word formation: analogy: specifically, the term “river” is used to imply that the final card could come in and wash the goodness of somebody’s hand away. However, many would argue that this should fall more in line with the Functional Shift category, as river is being shifted from a noun to a verb here. Considering the reasoning behind the term, this is a reasonable assessment, and so I’d ultimately say that the word formation here is a combination of analogy and Functional Shift. Reason used: Has become a traditional term in the poker world to refer to the fifth card in the community of Texas Hold ‘Em. Transferring this to a verb simply shortens the process, and so abbreviation of the sentence is the best way to phrase the reason.
 
Source : Used in conversation between two guys who were discussing a poker game that had recently happened.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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