Talk:bit

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Split one meaning into two - small piece and portion[edit]

Previously you had the example "I'd like a little bit of cake", as an example fo the meaning "a small piece of something". That would make it "I'd like a little small piece of cake" !!!

And how about when someone says "I'd like a big bit of cake" - "Did they really mean I'd like a big small pice of cake" ????

No. A new meaning/sense was required - portion.--Richardb 12:20, 12 May 2006 (UTC)


I think a 'bit' also refers to the sharpened blade of an axe or hatchet ex: "a double-bit axe"

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Adjective: "bitten". AFAICT it's just a past participle. DCDuring TALK 23:17, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

True, but I don't think we have a sense for this non-standard past-participle form. They were filling a valid gap in our coverage- they just put it in the wrong place. Chuck Entz (talk) 23:29, 21 October 2012 (UTC)
I've marked it as informal as past participle. But is it non-standard? in the US? in the UK? The Supremes partially legitimized it ("The love bug's done bit me"). DCDuring TALK 00:53, 22 October 2012 (UTC)
I don't hear this in my part of the UK. I consider it to be US. Mglovesfun (talk) 10:06, 22 October 2012 (UTC)
Yeah I've heard it and maybe even used it in the US. Though bitten is still more common. --WikiTiki89 10:20, 22 October 2012 (UTC)
Delete, or provide evidence to show adjectival use. Mglovesfun (talk) 10:04, 23 October 2012 (UTC)
On evidence. Bit is used in combination, productively IMO. The combinations are adjectives IMO. So we need perhaps three different instances of formation of an adjective using bit. Because bit would be the 'head' of such words, evidence of the 'adjectivity' of the words so constructed would be evidence of the 'adjectivity' of -bit. The words themselves would not have to be attestable, though snake-bit could easily be attested as an adjective. DCDuring TALK 13:07, 23 October 2012 (UTC)
The citations you added still look like participles to me even though they are in combination. --WikiTiki89 15:06, 23 October 2012 (UTC)
You're probably right. Sometimes I lose perspective and good judgment when trying to cite something. DCDuring TALK 16:24, 23 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I should comment that I added this because I've been watching zombie movies/episodes what seems like every other day for the past two weeks, and literally 100% of the time, the term used is "He's bit!", "Am I bit?", etc. I literally did not hear even a single use of the term "bitten" in any of them. Come to think of it, I don't think they were saying "I've been bit" much or at all either; it's usually with "to be" in some form. Now as to whether it's an adjective, past participle, etc., I will admit I didn't really think about that, nor do I know how you usually handle those things. I sort of hoped that by adding it, someone would figure it out. :) Wnt (talk) 00:27, 28 October 2012 (UTC)
Searching online pulls examples: "If he's bit you must acquit" "He's bit!". Unfortunately, transcripts of zombie movies seem hard to find amid a sea of forum postings with the same phrase, so I'll leave it at those two rather obscure examples. Wnt (talk) 00:36, 28 October 2012 (UTC)
  • That's pretty much how it's working out. Good call. We definitely didn't have good enough coverage of it. It will take a bit longer to get it right. DCDuring TALK 00:41, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

Kept. No consensus to delete. bd2412 T 13:46, 17 September 2013 (UTC)