[Ads-l] Ninet

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Mon May 11 14:15:42 UTC 2015


"duel" --  between two divas?
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Fowler recommended nonet.

Year: 2009
Title: A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition
Author: H. W. Fowler
Editor: David Crystal
Publisher: Oxford University Press

https://books.google.com/books?id=hrtIDakUpA4C&q=+nonet#v=snippet&

[Begin excerpt]
duet(t), quartet(te), &c. The forms recommended are (solo), duel,
(trio), quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octet, nonet.
[End excerpt]

On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 8:53 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Geez, I was expecting someone in jazz would have formed a heptet...
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> On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 3:47 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu> wrote:
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>> > Well, yes, I've noticed before that the Greek- and Latin-derived =
>> numeric
>> > prefixes are all pretty familiar and comfortable (for me), up through
>> > "oct(o)-". Then there's "non(o?)-", which seems to hardly ever appear. =
>> Duo,
>> > trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octet, but No, No Nonet!
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>> the wikipedia page lists quite a number of nonets, of several types.
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>> but at nine members, you=E2=80=99re on the border between a chamber =
>> group and a small orchestra.
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>> arnold
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