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    Words similar to shocker, scorcher, etc.

    Do you know of any words that resemble the structure of words like shocker, scorcher, etc.

    Normally, you would think that these words pertain to animate objects but they don't.


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    shocker = something shocking

    scorcher = an extremely hot day
    eye opener = a situation that shows something you've never seen before
    nailbiter = a situation that makes you excited or worried




    If you could give me some more examples, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
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    Re: Words similar to shocker, scorcher, etc.

    Given that the effect they have is in the beholder, I can't see why they should be expected to pertain to animate beings- many inanimate things can shock/burn, etc.

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    Re: Words similar to shocker, scorcher, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Given that the effect they have is in the beholder, I can't see why they should be expected to pertain to animate beings- many inanimate things can shock/burn, etc.
    I agree and that's my point. Normally, the suffix -er/-or pertains to someone who is/does something e.g. baker (someone who bakes). However, in the examples above, the use of -er is different. They actually refer to things, mostly situations that cause some kind of experience.

    Here are some other examples:

    bummer - something annoying or disappointing
    downer - something that makes you feel sad or disappointed

    Hope this makes things clearer for you.

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    Re: Words similar to shocker, scorcher, etc.

    The shocker performs the shocking thing. The scorcher provides the heat. The baker bakes bread. The -er/or suffix doesn't not only refer to people- it can refer to anything or anyone capable of performing such an action. The structure is the same.

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