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resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words #206533
07/29/12 11:43 AM 07/29/12 11:43 AM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1 J Linn OP
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?
Re: resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words [Re: J Linn] #206535
07/29/12 01:25 PM 07/29/12 01:25 PM
Joined: Sep 2010
down under Candy
Maybe its just personal choice....
Good observation though.
Re: resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words [Re: Candy] #206589
08/04/12 07:43 PM 08/04/12 07:43 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
London, UK A C Bowden
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...
Re: resilience/resilency and other "ncy" words [Re: J Linn] #206590
08/04/12 08:44 PM 08/04/12 08:44 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803 Faldage
I hope you're not expecting consistency from language, nor consistence neither.
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