Heard on The Judges: "bartend(e)ress"

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Mon Jan 26 16:19:09 UTC 2009

From:    ronbutters at AOL.COM

> I agree with Larry that "barmaid" and "bartender" have different
> meanings. But why not just "bartender"? The -ess morpheme is still
> (unfortunately) conventional in "actress" but not needed elsewhere.

You know, i think we're all falling down a bit on the job here. This
whole discussion just *begs* to be turned into yet another ambiguity
flamewar. :-|

<g, d, & r>

David Bowie                               University of Central Florida
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