What archaic five-letter suffix
denotes "poor quality imitation"?
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The archaic suffix
-aster is used to express poor imitation or
incomplete resemblance. For example, a poetaster is an inferior poet and a
patraster is someone who plays at being a father.
The suffix derives from the Greek suffix
-aster, which was originally used to form nouns
from verbs ending in -azein.
Note that the Greek suffix -aster is not the same as the Greek word
I always thought the suffix was "taster," as in one
who hasn't plunged fully into the profession.
CMarsch786 at aol.com
Geez, I'm devastated. All along, I was under the
impression that my collection of statuettes were the real deal. Now I find out
that they're made out ersatz alab. So much for
the Antique Roadshow.
jacko at lycos.com
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