Date: Fri, 3 Jun 1994 12:09:47 -0400
From: GURT[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: tom- ?
Last night a young man (high school junior) called Thomas was
wondering about tom- as a morpheme denoting maleness, as in tomcat and
tom turkey (and tomboy, "but shouldn't that be `tomgirl'?", which
seems logical to me ;-) ).
I have no idea (and I'm not at home this week, so it's a little harder
for me to check), and I told Thomas I'd post to the list.
Thanks! I'll forward replies to his dad to share with him.
Joan C. Cook
Department of Linguistics
cookj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]guvax.acc.georgetown.edu