Wordmaster: galore

“Galore is an example of an adjective that follows the noun referred to. [As in Pussy Galore, I suppose.] This is different from the normal pattern of the adjective coming before the word being modified. Other examples of adjectives like galore are:

elect, “soon to take office”: the president elect;
proper, “as strictly defined”: the City of London proper;
regent, “governing during the minority, incapacity, etc., of the rightful monarch”: a prince regent.”

Source:  The Penguin Wordmaster Dictionary, Martin Manser and Nigel Turton, eds., 1987.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Zayna
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 17:45:40

    I had to snigger…actually, I snorted. Daughter is a huge Bond fan and otherwise I wouldn’t have had any idea what you were talking about. Until I clicked on the link that is…which I did anyway. 🙂

    It might not be “normal” in our current culture of English but I do know that in French the adjective is more often placed after the noun.


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