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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:36 pm Reply with quote
Will
 
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Why are people who attend a conference called attendees? Shouldn't they be called attenders, since they are the ones doing the attending, rather than being attended to?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:47 pm Reply with quote
mjs
 
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I guess that exist some use that don't have explain Laughing

In the true, I don't know why, but this should help:

http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/attendees
http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/attender
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/attender

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:06 pm Reply with quote
Bloomer
 
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I just corrected a student's sentence last week. She meant "attendee" but wrote "attendant" (which has a whole other meaning).
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Re: Attendees
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 1:09 pm Reply with quote
MrPedantic
 
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Will wrote:
Why are people who attend a conference called attendees? Shouldn't they be called attenders, since they are the ones doing the attending, rather than being attended to?


A similar example can be found on signs inside London buses, where "standee" expresses "standing passenger", e.g.

1. Capacity: 74 seated 12 standees

As you say, the -ee suffix seems inappropriate, in such contexts.

Does this seemingly inappropiate usage turn up in "stative" contexts, I wonder; or contexts where the -ee is in some sense a passive agent?

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 4:23 pm Reply with quote
Bloomer
 
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MP,

Nifty observation! Here are a few other examples to consider with this proposal.

AGENT/RECIPIENT:
Trainer/trainee
Employer/employee
Tutor/tutee
Mentor/mentee
Counselor/counselee
Donor/donee
Presenter/attendee (presentee?)

INTRANSITIVE AGENTS:
-- /standee
-- /attendee?

But:
jogger/ --
farmer/ --
runner/ --
walker/ --
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