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#31703 - 06/11/01 04:35 AM Philosophaster & Newscaster Joined: Jun 2001
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In AWAD News 33, someone wrote a post saying that the "-aster" of "philosophaster" was a pejorative suffix, and then claimed that the word "newscaster" made sense. To me, this seems like a bit of morphological confusion, because a newscaster is quite literally "one who casts news," while a philosophaster isn't one who "asts philosophs." And the word doesn't morphologically break into "newsc" and "aster." Am I wrong? To me it's like saying the words "dentist" and "desist" are etymologically related simply by the shared "-ist." I don't see much, if any, relation between the two, but I'm willing to hear arguments to the contrary.
#31704 - 06/11/01 05:15 PM Re: Philosophaster & Newscaster Joined: Dec 2000
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the "-aster" of "philosophaster" was a pejorative suffix, and then claimed that the word "newscaster" made sense.
I wouldn't necessarily be looking for too much deep linguistic meaning in an email from someone called Jellybean Stonerfish*.
You'd also have to consider that perhaps a philosophaster was someone who phasted philosoes, much as a poetaster is someone who tastes poes.
*But then, I'm not so sure about taking advice from someone called Faldage, either
#31705 - 06/11/01 06:52 PM Re: Philosophaster & Newscaster Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 10,538 tsuwm
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this too shall pass
I would venture the opinion that mr. jellyfish is a philologaster.[smle]
I guess that would be an empty smile...
#31706 - 06/12/01 01:03 PM Re: Philosophaster & Newscaster Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 6,511 AnnaStrophic
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lower upstate New York
I would venture the opinion that mr. jellyfish is a philologaster.
And if jellyfish have feet, he'd be a pederaster.
#31707 - 06/24/01 03:10 PM Re: Philosophaster & Newscaster Joined: Mar 2001
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A philosophaster is a star philosopher.
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