Friday, August 8, 2008

What's a canoer?

Look here. Caption on photo: Australian canoer Lachlan Milne (L), Princess Mary of Denmark and Australian hockey player David Guest.
Photo: Getty Images

7 comments:

Boy on a bike said...

What's a canoer?

They're like people who play the piano - a pianer.

Or those that play the flute - a flauter.

Wand said...

Not to be confused with a Marxer who unlike a Marxist (topical in the current Olympic context) is a actually a doer. The marxER (suffix er - an abbreviated form of doer) marks time whereas the marxIST dishes time (hence the suffix ist).

Hence a canoist would dish canoes while a canoer would do them. Now we wouldn't want people dishing canoes during the Chinese Olympics, would we?

See, it's all quite simple and logical in this age of relative equivalence!

Wand said...

ahhh spelling canoeist ... tsk tsk

Boy on a bike said...

Shouldn't this have been picked up by an Editist or Sub-Editist?

Wand said...

Yes

kae said...

Hey, canoer is obviously a scottish word!

Minicapt said...

Problem is that he might not be a 'canoer' but a 'kayaker'.

Cheers