sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Tue Mar 6 04:39:36 UTC 2007

> From a story by Mike Zeisberger, posted at
>  "I feel it was likeable with the Drury hit and I pretty much go along
>with the league's decision," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said of the Janssen
>I have no idea how to classify this blend, but, from context, he clearly
>means "comparable with" ("comparable to?"). Given that "likeable" is a
>real word, incorporating a different sense of "like", I'm not about to
>test out my Google-fu. But it does seem that Ruff is missing that
>"likeable" *is* built on verbal "like", not on adjectival "like".
>Alice Faber                                   faber at
 I think the missing link here is "liken"   as in "could be likened to",
meaning similar to.

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