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#206533 - 07/29/12 11:43 AM resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1 J Linn
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i came across the word "resiliency" in a sports column and wondered: "What happened to resilience?" which means the same? Then it occurred to me there is a group of abstract nouns formed from adjectives that follow the same pattern. Constance/constancy. Hesitance/hesitancy. Dependence/dependency. And so on. (But not independence/independency.) What is going on here? Why the duplication?
#206535 - 07/29/12 01:25 PM Re: resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words [Re: J Linn] Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,706 Candy
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Maybe its just personal choice....
Good observation though.
#206589 - 08/04/12 07:43 PM Re: resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words [Re: Candy] Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 994 A C Bowden
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But they're not always interchangeable:
"His excellence and constancy are an example to us all."
"His Excellency and Constance are an example to us all."
Then there's emergence/emergency...
#206590 - 08/04/12 08:44 PM Re: resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words [Re: J Linn] Joined: Dec 2000
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I hope you're not expecting consistency from language, nor consistence neither.
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