Staff = employee

Ann Burlingham ann at BURLINGHAMBOOKS.COM
Wed Nov 9 17:57:17 UTC 2011

On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
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> "minority" looks very different; indeed, it looks like the creation of a new noun by truncation, in this case from something like "minority people", developing to "minorities" 'members of a minority group', and then to a singular "minority" 'member of a minority group'.  from OED3 (March 2002):

I was thinking that I could get to "73 staff" from "73 staff members".

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