Kathleen E. Miller millerk at NYTIMES.COM
Fri Oct 4 20:33:49 UTC 2002

The results of my searches give me only two adjectives in English that end
in -aire. Doctrinaire and debonnaire/debonaire (which doesn't HAVE to end
in -aire).

Are there more I am missing? And why do those two keep the -aire, when most
others switch to -ary?

Thanks for any help.

Kathleen E. Miller
Research Assistant to William Safire
The New York Times

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