Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 07:30:56 -0400
Reply-To: "Marion M. Dobbs" <marion@MINDSPRING.COM>
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From: "Marion M. Dobbs" <marion@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject: Re: 'Escape' vs. 'Escapee'
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And if I had not previously been an admirer (a fanee?) of Joel's scathing
wit, I'd certainly now be a convertee.
Marion M. Dobbs
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joel Hitt" <joel@HITT.COM>
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2000 12:31 AM
Subject: [GABO-L] 'Escape' vs. 'Escapee'
> In response to Bob Mann's recent observation:
> >You stated:
> >Gabbers: Neat little history from Giff Beaton on the life and times of
> >black-billied whistling duck in North America. The Earl Horn bird at
> >Huie in June of '98 indeed presented a startling picture due to the
> >of the species' colors. No one looks for a duck of those hues unless one
> >creeps into backwater areas for woodies.
> >But I hope that scientists in general don't find it necessary to take
> >another uninformed incursion into English grammar and try to make a verb
> >nominative. The proper noun is escapee, escaping imposition and
> <sarcasm on>
> Bob's point is well-taken. It would appear that I've been a deviatee from
> this rule, perhaps to the point of being a grammatical degeneratee. Now,
> however, I am an informed initiatee to the error of my ways.
> <sarcasm off> :)
> Actually, ornithology authors are divided on this one. But I've always
> stayed with "escape" for the noun, and enjoy the company of R. T.
> Kenn Kaufman, et al. in so doing. I believe this use crept into our field
> from the botanical world, where "escape" has always referred to a plant
> moving from garden cultivation to propagation in the wild.