Post by Simon
Being that time of year I have a festive question.
However I haven't found either of these two words in any other on-line
Does anybody know if they are American English and not British English?
Oxford lists "partyer" only as a variant; I can't tell where its only
"y" example was written, but OED certainly found the word on both sides
<Forms: 19- partier, partyer.
A person who enjoys giving or attending parties; a party-goer.
1965 J. HART File for Death xii. 94 Jinsie most certainly did not care
for the 'partiers'. 1973 Daily Colonist (Victoria, Brit. Columbia)
16 Sept. 13/3 Women are generally neater than men, he concedes, and are
not partiers. 1989 Shareware Mag. June-Aug. 23/1 Partyers were on the
dance floor. 2001 Sunday Herald (Glasgow) 12 Aug. (Seven Days section)
5/6 I'm not a big partier, though I'm not a shut-in either.>
As you know, the general rule is to change "y" to "i" before vowels
other than "i"; but in this case I'm hesitant. That's because leaving
it as "y" signals more clearly to the reader what's being done: it's
not common in writing, and my mind half wants to interpret "partier" as
some French word I don't know.