Stick to Business, Pozhalsta
Mark A Mandel
mam at THEWORLD.COM
Mon Jul 29 20:31:24 UTC 2002
On Mon, 29 Jul 2002, James A. Landau wrote:
#In a message dated 07/29/2002 12:55:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
#mam at THEWORLD.COM writes:
#> Is there a non-productive suffix "-ma", or even a number of words that
#> happen to end in "-ma" with no common synchronic or diachronic origin?
#> ISTM, albeit without examining the matter in a scholarly way, that folk
#> etymology is willing to seize on even a chance resemblance in form, so
#> this lack, circumscribed as it is in this description, means little.
#You're putting Descartes before de horse. By definition, a folk etymology is
#one that seizes on a chance resemblance in form, e.g. "Jerusalem artichoke"
Don't saddle me with that! I was responding to an argument that seemed
to ignore that fact by specifically saying there was no *productive*
-- Mark A. Mandel
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