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meatetarianish

adjective; derivation
antonym for vegetarian In some way, the word seems to attempt to overemphasize the role of meat in its etymology. This is because the word so much resembles ‘vegetarian,’ yet the morpheme ‘meat’ seems so out of place. This stressing of meat most likely reflects the speaker’s frustration at the kitchen’s lack of vegetarian options. The suffix ‘-ish’ emphasizes the word’s usage as an adjective, even though ‘meatetarian’ could possibly function as an adjective (cf. ‘vegetarian’). The suffix also softens the word’s impact a little, implying that the speaker was voicing criticism but did not want to be too harsh. This word was formed from an apparent lack of antonyms for ‘vegetarian.’ Using the word ‘non-vegetarian’ seems rather cumbersome, although ‘meatetarianish’ may seem equally cumbersome.
 
I don’t like the food on Sunday nights; it’s either not good or meatetarianish.
Etymology : Eng. meat ‘food’ + -etarian (
Source : a dinner conversation
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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