new (non-)coinage ("vagitarian")

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 27 19:53:39 UTC 2006

>This coinage seems also to support the re-analysis of 'vegetarian' into
>'vege + tarian' instead of 'veget-arian'. That is, '-tarian' seems to
>interpreted as a suffix meaning 'one who eats (only)'. Some further support
>for this might be found with 'pescatarian'. Something like 'fruitarian'
>doesn't help. Are there others?
>-Matt Gordon
It might be relevant that "vegetarian" itself seems to have undergone
the occasional eggcornish reanalysis to "veggietarian" (presumably
understood as 'one that eats only [or nothing meatier than]
veggies'):  378 raw google hits.  That would certainly prompt the
-tarian parse you mention.


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