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This post was edited by werwolf at 2014-9-1 10:02|
"We can make non-words by adding -ish and in general the idea is a quantum description. ’I feel happyish,’ would mean the speaker feels quasi-happy. ’I feel squeemish,’ means the speaker feels uncomfortable. ’Yesish,’ means quasi-yes, which in any situation needing a full clear ’yes’ had best be interpreted as no. However, adding -y to a word turns the idea of the word into a description, and the crispness of the idea is kept clear, in contrast with the blurryness of -ish."
Have you ever heard anyone say "happyish"? I haven't. For such an uncertain situation I think a person might say, "Sure I'm happy...well, sort of...", something like that.
Squeamish is an actual word, not a modification of "squeam", which is not even a word.
"Yesish", same as "happyish". Never heard such a thing used. There are plenty of ways to modify a "yes", but I don't think "yesish" is one of them.
Sorry to be so contentious - I mean contenshish, but I'm feeling rather pugnatious, I mean pugnashish todayish.