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#206533 - 07/29/12 11:43 AM resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words  
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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]  
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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]  
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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... wink

#206590 - 08/04/12 08:44 PM Re: resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words [Re: J Linn]  
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I hope you're not expecting consistency from language, nor consistence neither.


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