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robinness

noun; derivation
The quality of being a Robin. “Robinness” was used as a noun to describe the quality or state of being a Robin, the common red-breasted bird. Professor B. was describing traits that could be used to determine whether an object was a bird in her cognitive psychology class and showed that some traits were vital (such as feathers) while other traits where optional (such as flying). During her discourse she spontaneously created the neologism “robinness” to help describe what these traits were defining. The word “robinness” is derived from the noun “robin” which is a type of bird with the suffix “-ness” appended to the end of it. “-ness” is an English suffix that means “quality of” or “state of”. It is usually applied to nouns, as in happiness (happy + -ness), but is unlikely to reach mainstream use. A word for the state of being a Robin is only useful in very specific contexts, and will therefore remain relatively obscure.
 
These features do not necessarily define its Robinness.
Etymology : robinness. robin from Middle English Robin, a person’s name, from Old French Robert. robin + -ness from Old English –nes ‘quality or state’
Source : Professor B., during Cognitive Psychology class
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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