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New word for me: gossipee. A leftpondism?

Gospodi! These endings are, or at least should be, wantonly productive in English, not shocking or offending, not making it to the dictionary as a matter of course, of course.

Ne razumijem hrvatski. I had never come across the word before, it wasn't immediately apparent to me what was meant(1), it was literally not in my dictionary, and Googling produced only a handful of results. I can't off-hand think of another word for, can see how the word has arisen; however, I don't see it catching on (unless it's commonplace and I'm just out of touch).
(1) My first guess was the person who was the recipient of the gossip, which didn't fit the sense of the original sentence; my second guess was the person gossipping, which fit better but still didn't seem what was intended.

Andrew Gwilliam
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On 23 Mar 2005 13:39:09 -0800, "voice imitator"
I have a friend who has a severe speech impediment. ... who has committed over 200 Irish traditional songs to memory.

Well, I frequently stutter, and in my case it probably does reflect a degree of retardation.

If so, I haven't seen any effects it has had. If no effect, no cause? Those arguments against cause and effect generally confuse me so I tend to leave them alone, hoping they are wrong.
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Psychologically, in my case, I think it's often to do hyperconsciousness and nervousness and pre-empting. The stutterer might differ from ... people think of you, what you're going to say next, whether you're pronouncing the word properly, whether you're communicating properly...

I think you have it.
Physiologically... Well, I think stuttering is always to do with blockage or muscle spasm, being unable to maintain a steady ... in air, and to always have an excess of air at the back of the throat, a sensation like yawning.

I didn't know what to call the condition my friend has, so I used the weak 'speech impediment', whatever that means. He did some professional boxing when young, so I suspect it may have been caused by too many blows to the head, as a number of people have surmised. He slurs his speech so much so that few people can understand him. I have a good deal of patience, so I've learned his lingo, so to speak. The sad thing is that he really wants to communicate, to be understood. He finds himself becoming frustrated, it is obvious, in many social situations.
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... I've already sent my husband...

Your husband can be sent? I'd find that somewhat intolerable, were I a husband.
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Gospodi! These endings are, or at least should be, wantonly ... to the dictionary as a matter of course, of course.

Ne razumijem hrvatski. I had never come across the word before, it wasn't immediately apparent to me what was meant(1),

I have now forgotten which Victorian writer coined "laughee" for one who is laughed at (1). As Bill says, it is a productive formation, and I thought a rather common one: I suspect that it's just one of those blind-chance things that Andrew hasn't consciously heard it. It's hard to imagine the likes of P.G.Wodehouse never used it in print.
(1) Looked it up. Pre-Victorian, even: Carlyle 1829.

Mike.
Well, I frequently stutter, and in my case it probably does reflect a degree of retardation. But I don't stutter ... I don't know of any stutterer who does stutter while singing. In this respect the Who's "My Generation" is artificial.

Not to mention Morris Minor and the Majors' "Stutter Rap" - so I won't!

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... I've already sent my husband...

Your husband can be sent? I'd find that somewhat intolerable, were I a husband.

Honest you would, honest you would...

SML
Well, I frequently stutter, and in my case it probably ... singing. In this respect the Who's "My Generation" is artificial.

Not to mention Morris Minor and the Majors' "Stutter Rap" - so I won't!

I had a 1960 Morris Minor! It was the first car I bought after being in Europe in the US Army in the late '50s. Great little car. I saw one not long ago parked at a local school.
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Not to mention Morris Minor and the Majors' "Stutter Rap" - so I won't!

I had a 1960 Morris Minor! It was the first car I bought after being in Europe in the US Army in the late '50s. Great little car. I saw one not long ago parked at a local school.

The estate car versions with the woodwork are expensive collectors' items these days.
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Robin Bignall
Hertfordshire
England
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The word 'attendee' seems to have taken root in conference-world, and not as denoting one who is the centre of attention.
Paul
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