I wonder whether can we call someone a genius boy? I've been using this term to describe my cousin until someone told me that the correct usage should be boy genius.
The question is: Can we say Aaron is a genius boy? Is it wrong?
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
Yes, you mean "boy genius" unless you are trying to create your own term.
I've never heard "genius boy", and "boy genius" is a standard term for "whiz kid": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_genius
"Genius" and "boy" are both nouns. (Note that the adjective "ingenious" in present English usage is not at all related to the word "genius".) Take some examples:
Instead we prefer
are acceptable, so it seems that "boy" can be used either as a noun modifier (noun-as-adjective) or as a noun.
I don't know if this generalizes to other words in similar categories or not, but I am 100% sure that the accepted and upvoted answer is wrong and thoroughly misguided.