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Optionary

adjective; derivation
not required or able to choose While speaking to an English major who is picky about grammar, a classmate decided to use the word optionary instead of optional to see if she would notice the difference and make the correction. Optionary doesn’t sound too bad, so I think with some more prevalent use, it could become popular since many people don’t seem to realize the difference the first time they hear it compared to optional. The etymology of optional is from the Oxford English Dictionary.
 
Is the assignment optionary or required?
Etymology : From option-classical Latin option-, optio 'action of choosing, choice, power of choosing' + ary (French, adjective suffix)
Source : Rice student
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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