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What syllable can indicate a member of a tribe, a member of a faction, and a denizen of a place?

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Answer: ite

The syllable is the suffix ite. For example, Israelite (tribe), Trotskyite (faction), and Vancouverite (denizen).


Not being english native speaker, I'm not sure : but is "ite" really a syllable? If you had asked for a "suffix" I might have found the answer! Never mind, I always enjoy the questions!
j.recker at & wanan

Maybe the way to phrase this question is "What monosyllabic suffix..."

Is there no other suffix which can convey the same three meanings? For example - "ian" as in "Bohemian" (tribe), "Bostonian" (denizen), or Darwinian (faction). Of course, "ian" is more than one syllable. So how about "er" - New Yorker(denzien), Flat-earther (faction), um... trying to think of a tribe here.
jib71 at

Good question, and hate to be picky about it, but "syllable" is not le mot juste in this case and could lead the discerning MOOT player astray. "Syllable" refers primarily to a phonological unit, not a morpholological unit: to wit, Collins defines it as a "division of word as unit for pronunciation." It's a good word to describe sound (or sound represented), but not meaning.

[Mootguy: According to, the word syllable can be defined as: "One or more letters or phonetic symbols written or printed to approximate a spoken syllable."Can you suggest a juster mot juste than syllable?]
jacko at &

Re: your reply. A "juster mot juste than 'syllable'" would be "suffix," or, if you feel that gives it away, "affix." (I notice I wasn't the only one confused by the question. Also, your definition of syllable also underlines the fact that the word emphasizes sound (or sound trancribed) rather than meaning or morphology.)

[Mootguy: Please note that the second definition of "syllable" in the Concise Oxford Dictionary is: "a character or characters representing a syllable." Thus, it seems to me that using the word "syllable" with respect to written words is fairly common usage. But thanks for the feedback. If I decide to put this question in the next edition of MooT, I'll think long and hard about your criticism. Cheers.]
jacko at &

I had no trouble with this question. A suffix is simply a specific type of sylable, is it not?
jmwtsn at &

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