[Ads-l] "-ies"

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Tue Jan 23 16:22:57 UTC 2018

There are a fair number of words used by adults that fit the -y/-ies category, that is noun + y/ies suffix.

looey for lieutenant
gummi bears
benny for eggs benedict, benefit, benzedrine
uie for U-turn
rummy from rum (the card game, I don't know which word came first)
dummy from dumb
fuzzy (as in warm fuzzy) from fuzz
Commie (that one mercifully seems to be dying out)
phoney meaning a licensed radiotelephone operator
tennis for tennis shoes
one that Ms. Moom may or may not like, Mooney for a member of Reverend Moon's church

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