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Saturday, March 03, 2007



Why do people say "attendee" when logically it should be "attender"?


I suppose if that's what people want to do. Each to his or her own. Would they plan a daughter's wedding under water, for example?


A response to the first posted comment: Attendee, because it follows grammatical style, as in employee, payee, honoree... the person who is the receiver (or the receivee... tee hee).
As for the second comment: huh?

I think the trend, such as it is, is disturbing--more or less validating an experience or event through an exercise (writing about it) rather than an awareness and presence in the REAL "real" time. Writing about it becomes more important than the event itself. Akin to the photos being more important than the vacation. It all seems so misplaced.
My brother once bought an expensive camera before he set out on a cross-country trip (USA). He ended up never taking a single photo because, he said, he didn't want to miss anything. He didn't want his photos to be the sum total of his experience, and to only remember what was printed on a 4 X 6 piece of paper.
I suppose this is the same reason I sometimes hesitate to write essays about personal experiences, because then the essay becomes the experience, and all else gets "edited" out.


Bollocks, Patti. The employee is the person who is employed, the employer the one who does the employing. So an attendee would be one who was attended, whatever that might mean. One who attends is an attender, one who drives a driver, one who bakes a baker, etc.


Both, however, sound like ideal opportunities for live Vlogging, with streaming videos.

I've often wanted to get my car fitted out with a 360° panoramic camera on the roof, to be operated from within the vehicle. Mostly, it would just be turned on at the start of a trip, then off at the end. It might even prove useful forensically!

Danvers Baillieu

At the danger of this thread turning into the letters page of the Daily Telegraph, circa the middle of last week, what's wrong with the word "attendant" - or for that matter - "guest".

I fear our American friends are trying to develop the use of the genitive into the English language as in "attendee blog" = "blog belonging to an attendant".

Romans go home, is all I can say to that.


But he wasn't a guest. He officiated. Or, in American, he was the officiatee.

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