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On 24 Feb 2012, at 17:41, John Vertical <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>> On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM, Larry Sulky wrote:
>> 
>>> The financial heads in my company use "spend" as a noun ("an amount
>>> spent"). I'm trying to convince them that, following the pattern:
>>> 
>>> "lend", "lent", "loan" // "spend", "spent",...
>>> 
>>> the word they're looking for is "spoan".
>>> 
>>> 
>> That clearly gives us "send" > "sent" > "soan" as a catch-all noun covering
>> email, snailmail, etc. Also "rend" > "rent" > "roan" for something that has
>> been torn up, "moan" for something that has been fixed, and "boan" for
>> something made crooked.
>> 
>> -lp
> 
> Well if we're going outside of verb declension and into derivational
> morphology, my fave is the nominal suffix *-iT, as seen in pairs like strong
> : strength, young : youth, heal : health, high : height, true : truth…
> • eldth "age" (< old)
> • wrength "degree of wrongness"
> • sherth "degree of shortness"
> • louth /lu:T/ "degree of lowness"
> • tealth /tElT/ "degree of tealness"
> • wigh "heavy" (backformation < weight)
> 
> —J.

Maybe "lout" is a holdover from an age when that was productive...