" functionable"--new word?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 14 02:04:37 UTC 2007

At 7:31 PM -0600 1/13/07, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
>     Two good friends recently told me that they had been speaking
>with an art history student about a building, and the student
>mentioned that a bulding should be "functionable." My friends were
>startled by this term, being familiar only with "functional."   Is
>"functionable" starting to become an acceptable alternative to
>"functional?"  And is "functionable" possibly a blend of
>"functional" and "usable"?
>Gerald Cohen
I'd say a combination of "functional" and "-able", not necessarily
"usable", "comfortable", or any other specific "-able" adjective.


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