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Subject:Re: "tridant" vs. "trident" From:Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET> Date:Tue, 16 Jul 1996 20:28:00 EST
At 04:53 PM 7/16/96 -0600, you wrote:
>Wouldn't this actually be "triant"? Where's the "d" coming from? All
>your other examples brought their own roots to the party and picked up
>the "ant" when they got there; the "ant" didn't bring any friends.
>I think you're right that it should be an "a" but I think maybe that's
>only half the problem.
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>-Matt Hicks matt -at- unidata -dot- ucar -dot- edu
>"This planet just stepped over the line, assemble the giant robot!"
> -Dick Solomon, "3rd Rock from the Sun"
Great point. "Triant" would bring the word into line with existing words
like "trias", a series of geological strata that are divisible into three
groups, and "triarchy," government by three people. And it would break the
pesky bond with "trident."
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