"Designee" Not in OED

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sat May 14 20:00:28 UTC 2011

"Designee" could be the counterpart either of "designator" or of "designer"--pronounced differently, of course.  For the former, some would prefer "designatee."


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Shapiro, Fred [fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU]
Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2011 8:48 AM

Surprisingly, the word _designee_ does not appear to be in OED.  This is a common word that has been around, according to Merriam-Webster, at least since 1925.  There are over 3 million Google hits for the word.

Fred Shapiro

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