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    "Tullish", an adjective?

    Hi all,
    As far as I know the suffix -ish can be added to the end of lots of nouns. (I think it's used mostly in BrE, and not in standard English, of course.) (Please correct me if I've got it wrong.)

    Can I say "tullish" for a kind of dress made of tulle?



    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: "Tullish", an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,
    As far as I know the suffix -ish can be added to the end of lots of nouns. (I think it's used mostly in BrE, and not in standard English, of course.) (Please correct me if I've got it wrong.)

    Can I say "tullish" for a kind of dress made of tulle?



    Thanks a lot.
    The suffix, "-ish," is common in AmE as well, although we would retain the hyphen on uncommonly appended words (and perhaps put the uncommon word in "double quotes" as well) when used in formal writing. I think most native speakers of English would recommend that you only add the suffix to words that do not end in vowels that must be omitted. The suffix tends to occur only when the pronunciation of the root word is not changed by the addition, and "tulle," which rhymes with "rule," would become "tull-ish," which rhymes with "dull-ish."

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    Re: "Tullish", an adjective?

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    The suffix, "-ish," is common in AmE as well, although we would retain the hyphen on uncommonly appended words (and perhaps put the uncommon word in "double quotes" as well) when used in formal writing. I think most native speakers of English would recommend that you only add the suffix to words that do not end in vowels that must be omitted. The suffix tends to occur only when the pronunciation of the root word is not changed by the addition, and "tulle," which rhymes with "rule," would become "tull-ish," which rhymes with "dull-ish."

    Thanks a lot! So, do you mean that It can't be pronounced as /tju:lɪʃ/? (As you put it, it'd be pronounced as /tʌlɪʃ/)

    What adjective do you suggest for a dress made of tulle then?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: "Tullish", an adjective?

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    What adjective do you suggest for a dress made of tulle then?
    Tulle?

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    Re: "Tullish", an adjective?

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    Tulle?
    I feel quite safe in guessing you've never worn a tutu. Tulle is not the most comfortable of fabrics, though it can be quite beautiful.

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    Re: "Tullish", an adjective?

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    Tulle?

    So, would "tulle skirt" be tolerable for native speakers?

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    Re: "Tullish", an adjective?

    Or, maybe, just "sheer skirt", "sheer socks", etc.?!

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    Re: "Tullish", an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by MiaCulpa View Post
    I feel quite safe in guessing you've never worn a tutu. Tulle is not the most comfortable of fabrics, though it can be quite beautiful.



    Nice sharing of the feelings!

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    Re: "Tullish", an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks a lot! So, do you mean that It can't be pronounced as /tju:lɪʃ/? (As you put it, it'd be pronounced as /tʌlɪʃ/)

    What adjective do you suggest for a dress made of tulle then?

    Thanks in advance.
    If you kept the final "e" and the hypen, so that it was spelled "tulle-ish) then the first pronunciation would apply.

    The adjective would depend on the stiffness of the fabric and how decorative it is, I suppose. Is it a fluid, veil-like tulle, or a crisp, lacy tulle--with a lining, I assume. (You'll notice I just used some adjectives for tulle, as you requested). You can always refer to it as a tulle dress, just as you could refer to a dress made of silk as a silk dress. The names of fabrics often are used both as adjectives and as nouns.

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    Re: "Tullish", an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Or, maybe, just "sheer skirt" . . . ?!
    You are very brave.

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