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Thread #153852   Message #3606426
Posted By: meself
02-Mar-14 - 10:49 AM
Thread Name: BS: Omitted noun figure of speech
Subject: RE: BS: Omitted noun figure of speech
"Substantive adjective" seems to do the job. Note, however, that the examples in the OP seem [to be] of a sub-genre: each is an abbreviation of a specific, established expression, and a listener almost 'hears' the dropped-off words; i.e., 'notion' & 'ear'. The examples given in the article linked above do not immediately elicit the 'missing' words; in fact, we don't notice that anything is missing, and if it should be brought to our attention, we need to ponder, however briefly, the possibilities.

Last night I was thinking about the lyric "the land of the free, the home of the brave", and feeling that it wasn't quite the same thing as 'the foggiest', etc. - the reason being that, if we stop to think about it, we have to decide if we're singing about 'the free men', 'the free men & women', 'the free men, women & children', 'the free people', etc. - the missing matter doesn't spring to mind.