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OT: neologism "sympolitan" (was: Re: [relay] The romlangs!)

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 13:26
On 3/21/06, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote:
> Mark J. Reed skrev: > > On 3/20/06, Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...> wrote: > > > >> otherwise I have to side with my > >>sympolitan[1] Mark Reed, and say that deliberately > >>making up major new elements like this seems like > >>cheating. > > > > > > Yeah! Woot! ¡Viva Atlanta! :)
> >>1. Ray, is "sympolitan" a sound neo-Greek form? > > > > > > Eh, since when does derivational soundness have anything to do with > > acceptance of a neologism? I like it! :) > > Nunquam. BTW I don't think Ray is on this list. > But I don't think _polit-_ is the right term here, > since it means "citizen". If I understand my ancient > Greek-German-Greek dictionary right "opinion" is > _gnó:me:_ in Greek and a possessor of _gnó:me:_ is a > _gnó:mo:n_, so *if* you go for derivational soundness > it should be _syngnomon_. Now how do you pronounce > _ngn_ in English?
"I have to side with my syngnomon Mark Reed" would be a pleonasm -- essentially "I have to agree with this person I am in agreement with". I mean to say "I have to side with my fellow-citizen-of-Atlanta Mark Reed" -- and "sympolitan", formed by analogy with "cosmopolitan," a long-standing English word if not perfectly good Greek (I'm not quite qualified to judge on the latter point) seemed worth a try. And to my question to Ray (yes, I was aware he wasn't on the relay list; I just forgot what list we were on) I'll add another one -- is there a good English term from Anglo-Saxon (or even Norman or Norman+Anglo-Saxon) roots that's as concise as "sympolitan" and which I'm overlooking? The problem is "fellow-citizen" in this context seemed too broad, since it could mean a citizen of the same country just as well as a citizen of the same city (which, in point of fact, we aren't; but we are inhabitants of the same metropolitan area). -- Jim Henry


R A Brown <ray@...>