In article <tbfrge$3kqo7$1...@dont-email.me
>, RustyHinge <rusty.hinge@fooba
> on Sat, 23 Jul 2022 at 04:55:56 awoke Nicholas from
his slumbers and wrote
>On 22/07/2022 21:31, Nicholas D. Richards wrote:
>> In article <20220722203155.fb11...@eircom.net
>, Ahem A
>> Rivet's Shot <ste...@eircom.net
> on Fri, 22 Jul 2022 at 20:31:55 awoke
>> Nicholas from his slumbers and wrote
>>> On Fri, 22 Jul 2022 18:01:47 +0100
>>> Tone <to...@email.com
>>>> Noun: dependent
>>>> 1. A person who relies on another person for support
>>> Here is where I disagree with your dictionary it shouldn't be a
>>> noun, but it's probably become one by common use.
>> The OED has it as a noun, and it has been for nearly 500 years.
>> Shakespeare used it that way more than 400 years ago (Loves Labours Lost
>> - "The best ward of mine honour, is rewarding my dependants .")
>ASeemingly you *do* agree that dependant is a noun. Do you agree that
>'dependent' is an adjective? (And possibly an adverb?)
>I don't see it as a boneofcontention.
Smallboneofcontention <grin> strangely the adjective is only spelt
'dependent', while the noun has the alternative spellings 'dependent'
<Musings> if the noun 'dependant' has an alternative spelling of
'dependent', why does 'pedant' not have an alternative of 'pedent'?