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USAGE: WOMYN (was: RE: [CONLANG] Optimum number of symbols,

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Sunday, May 26, 2002, 2:34
And Rosta scripsit:

> Indeed, for > this reason it is tempting to analyse "woman" as cranberry morph > "wo-" + morpheme "man". I reckon that is how most speakers perceive > things too, and likewise for "male:female".
Indeed, for the latter there is solid phonological evidence that it is fe+male. Its origin is OF femelle [fEmEl@] < FEMINA + dim., and it surely would be pronounced [fEm@l] if English-speakers had not long ago reinterpreted it as containing "male". -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_