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Natural word ordering
I'm wondering if anyone's found a definite pattern to the way we naturally order words when listing items. While it doesn't work for some pairs, most of the time there's an obvious preference in the order.
- Always "mom and dad" not "dad and mom"
- Always "grandma and grandpa" not "grandpa and grandma"
- Always "cars and trucks" not "trucks and cars"
The presence of a plosive doesn't seem to be the only factor:
- Always "male and female" not "female and male"
- Always "good and bad" not "bad and good" (although this example feels less strict)
- More often "keyboard and mouse" than "mouse and keyboard" (also not super strict)
While there seems to be a general pattern of the plosive-heavy word being placed last, there are those examples which would serve to discredit such a hypothesis. Is there a known rule for this?