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To point out that it's PACKED lunch and not PACK lunch?

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ICameOnTheJitney Sun 17-Nov-13 10:06:09

I keep seeing threads on here where people say "Pack lunch" I KNOW this belongs in Pedant's Corner but hey...only people who already know will see it then! grin

I also get irritated by "mash potato"'s "MASHED potato" ffs.

SharpLily Sun 17-Nov-13 18:10:12

Pack lunch is historically correct and not a grammatical error it was a lunch that was carried in a pack. Same place the term backpack comes from.

Not the same thing at all - you don't carry your back in a pack. It's a pack you carry on your back. You can pack a lunch, you don't pack your back.

jacks365 Sun 17-Nov-13 18:13:19

Sharp lilly hence the reversal of the order but the term for the carrier is a pack so your lunch is carried in a pack or you can carry a pack on your back.

Tee2072 Sun 17-Nov-13 18:13:33

You can, however, pack your back in, if you put too many items in your backpack.


SPsDoesntLikeChaffingFishnets Sun 17-Nov-13 18:13:56


SconeRhymesWithGone Sun 17-Nov-13 19:21:58

Yes, backpack is a closed compound word; you can make the argument that pack lunch is an open compound word or is in the process of becoming one. Then one day it may become compound: packlunch. wink

SconeRhymesWithGone Sun 17-Nov-13 19:27:53

I mean one day it may become a closed compound word.

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