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Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu May 25 13:17:18 UTC 2006

And speaking of back formations like "trait" < "traitor":
the noun "mentee" ('student who has a mentor') seems now
thoroughly ensconced in academic jargon.  It presupposes a
verb "ment" as the root of the noun "mentor"--even though
the verb actually used (in academic parlance) is "mentor."


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