man+(noun) combining form

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Oct 2 18:26:42 UTC 2005

>Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> writ:
>There's also the back-formation option:  "steward" (for male flight
>Mmm, you can view that as a backform i.t.o. contemporary usage, but
>historically it's a revival of the original simplex.


>  How could one tell
>the contribution of each path?
Well, a questionnaire distributed before the major airlines started
to bring (back?) on male steward(esse)s would have done it, but
probably a text count to see how many "steward"s back then really did
refer to flight attendants.


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