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Graeco-Latin hybrids (was: Teknonyms)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Thursday, October 20, 2005, 7:16
tomhchappell wrote:
 > --- In, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@M...> wrote:
 > (Matronym, not metronym, is what you meant, I'm sure.)

I'm darn sure Philip meant 'metronym' - he does know Greek!

 > (what would a "metronym" be?

What do you mean be "would be"? The word 'metronym' is perfectly good
_English_, as a reference to any half-decent dictionary should show.

 > Naming someone after how tall or heavy he/she is?

 > Naming someone after the closest metropolis?)

'metropolis' is Greek for "MOTHER city".

Jim Henry wrote:
> Metronym gets 270+ Ghits to matronym's 700+;
> but > since many of the former references are in reference > works they don't seem to be casual misspellings. > I suspect metronym is actually the earlier form > and matronym is more recent,
Yes, so am I. I guess the hybrid 'matronym' arose from those with no Greek, but were familiar with Latin-based words such as 'matrilinear', 'matricide' etc.
> "Matronym" seems to be one of those Greek/Latin hybrids > like "television".
It is. ================================= Mark J. Reed wrote: [snip] > Or, my personal (least) favorite, "hexadecimal" - chosen over the more > linguistically consistent (albeit still demonstrably artificial) > "sexadecimal" to avoid having "sex" in the word. *sigh* Humph - altho we have _sexaginta_ (60), _sexagesimus_ (60th) etc, the use of -a- as an infix between 'sex' and another morpheme is not productive in Latin. The Latin for 16 is 'sedecim'. But it should be noted that 'decimal' is derived from the Latin _ordinal_ number 'decimus' (not the cardinal 'decem'); 16th was two words 'sextus decimus'. If a word is used as a prefix the normal connective infix in Latin is-i-, thus the purely Latin derived form would be *sextidecimal* In fact a Google for 'sextidecimal' will confirm this. :=) -- Ray ================================== ================================== MAKE POVERTY HISTORY


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>Graeco-Latin hybrids
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>