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#205693 - 05/04/12 07:33 AM -r
talesoftrivia Offline
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Though I see that through the week, "this week's theme" has been described as "eponyms", on Monday, Anu spelled out a key aspect of these words "This week A.Word.A.Day will feature five people, real and fictional, whose names may appear to be derived from a verb form, but aren't." So I was surprised for a moment to see "tartar" since I didn't think someone would mistake it to mean someone who "tarts". Granted, there are "liar", "beggar", and "scholar", but those are a limited set of cases; the "-ar" ending isn't productive as a "doer" suffix.

On that note, today's "satyr" really surprised me! I can't think of a "doer" word that ends in "yr". (A martyr doesn't "mart" either!)

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#205719 - 05/06/12 02:56 PM Re: -r [Re: talesoftrivia]
BranShea Offline
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This week A.Word.A.Day will feature five people, real and fictional, whose names may appear to be derived from a verb form, but aren't. Mentors, for example, don't ment, though that doesn't prevent people from forming nouns such as 'mentee' and verbs like 'to mentor'.

I just put the intro right under your remark, because I do not completely understand what you mean ( neither exactly what Anu meant for that matter laugh ).

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#205726 - 05/06/12 05:11 PM Re: -r [Re: talesoftrivia]
Faldage Offline
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I'm with tales. Tartar struck me as odd and satyr as grasping for straws. Surely there are other words that fit the mold; stentor for example.

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