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Mark Mandel mark.a.mandel at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 11 21:22:37 UTC 2018

To me, "cream*er*" explicitly denotes something that isn't cream but a
substitute for it. When the subject comes up, I sometimes carry "I use
cream, *not *cream*er*."

Mark, the genuine article

On Tue, Sep 11, 2018, 12:06 PM MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM
AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> >
> > Great example!  It’s not quite the same, but “sweetener” is typically
> taken to exclude “sugar”, which may also be thought of as “artificial”
> > clipping.  As a pragmatics experiment, I ask for “sweetener” every time
> I order coffee on an airplane and 17 straight times I’ve been handed
> > an artificial sweetener (yellow, pink, or blue), never sugar.  I also
> just picked up a pamphlet at my local supermarket entitled “Sugars and
> > Sweeteners”; for another example, see Caution-
> https://alittlebityummy.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-low-fodmap-sugars-sweeteners/.
> I can
> > imagine complaining to the flight attendant upon getting a white packet,
> “This isn’t a sweetener, it’s sugar!” (If I get the chance to try it, I’ll
> > watch for their response.)
> >
> I don't drink coffee, but I'd bet that "creamer" would work the same way.

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