Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 11:07:09 -0400

From: Bryan Gick bryan.gick[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALE.EDU

Subject: a completely unangry response..

According to our handy departmental reverse dictionary, our only -gry word

besides 'angry' and 'hungry' is 'aggry'. An aggry bead (from the Edo, accord-


Ok. I feel inspired to (vainly attempt to) do away once and for all with

this annoying question - in a way appropriate to the kind of list we're

meeting on.

If the "riddle" answer of "WHAT" is truly the "intended" answer, then I

feel nothing but malice for its creator(s). The application, though, of

some creative morpholog(r?)y is a pretty satisfying way of supering it.

The way I've seen the question put is:

There are 3 words in the english language

that end with "GRY". One is HUNGRY and one of them is ANGRY.

What is the third word ?

If you have listened very closely I have already told you the 3rd word. that case, the answer is "UNANGRY" (see header :) ) Also acceptable (if

less frequently used), therefore, is "UNHUNGRY."

Another handy affix is the "-y" ending, giving us "OGRY" (not to

be confused with "ogrish").

N.B.: This works only inasmuch as the "-y" ending is a

productive one in English (it certainly is for the last week I've

heard: "This shake is very banana-y," and "This table is more desky than.."

Not to mention the subject heading of "Texan-y" on this very list the day

before yesterday). [A QUESTION: I have, though, noticed some dialecty

variation in the acceptabiliy of the -y suffix. Anybody know more??? BG]

The rest of the examples all use the many "-ry" endings. This is a pretty

productive ending in English, if kind of low profile. It can have lots of

meanings: (a) collective quality; (b) act, art or occupation; (c) place;

(d) aggregate; (e) occupation-specific equipment/materials; etc. From

these, we get such possibilities as (some work better than others):

(a) striplingry (childishness)

nidderingry (foolishness.. cf. foolery, etc.)

(b) glazingry (the craft, art, etc., of glass-making)


(c) glazingry (a glass factory)

sneeshingry (a snuffery)

wildingry (a fruit tree farm)

carriagry (a carriage manufacturer's)

(d) eveningry (cf. finery, plumery...)

(e) fowlingry (the stuff, knowledge, etc, used in/for birding)






My apologies for adding to the heap.