[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Fri Sep 28 11:42:42 UTC 2018

On 9/28/18 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Thu, 27 Sep 2018 18:36:24 -0400
> From:    Jonathan Lighter<wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: Kavanaugh yearbook
> A quick but non-definitive check reveals no Google Books exx. of _*ski_,
> 'glass, can, or bottle of beer.'
> JL

So, is -ski a productive suffix that can get added to anything? Or does 
it appear only in "brewski"? I find it interesting that the meaningful 
root has been dropped, leaving only the suffix to carry the meaning by 

And while Jonathan Lighter has pointed out the cutback from "whiskey", 
coming from New Britain, CT, I've always interpreted it as a playful use 
of a common Polish surname ending (e.g. Pulaski). Would "diminutive" 
cover that playful aspect of the suffix? And, yes, I fully recognize 
that the "playfulness" plays into/on/enacts an ethnic stereotype.

---Amy West

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