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Re: Terminology query

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Sunday, February 26, 2006, 13:42
On 2/25/06, caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:
> "Examples of words with -ist and -ian endings include pianist and > librarian." > > I find it interesting that, after describing the agentive ending as > a suffix on verbs and giving as examples provider and builder, > he/she then gives as further examples pianist and librarian, neither > of which is suffixed to a verb!
Of course they are! They're suffixed to the verbs "to piano" and "to library", which respectively mean "to play the piano" and "to work at the library". Remember, this is English, where any noun can be verbed. :) -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>