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
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.
..in 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 me..in 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.