29 March 2012 @ 11:48 am
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Why is it comparison but comparatively?
Jim Hetleyjhetley on March 29th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on March 29th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
Presumably for the same reason that it's pronounce but pronunciation.
Johnjohnpalmer on March 29th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I always assumed that the latter referred to the black robed demon who'd be on your case if you didn't do the former right.
Johnjohnpalmer on March 29th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
(Yes, I know - it's probably "...the former correctly" and you're shocked at my grammar which is ridiculous, she was the sweetest old lady a person could know....)
Cat Sitting Stillcatsittingstill on March 29th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Actually there may very well be a historical reason for this. I will ask my husband (who teaches History of the English Language (among other English classes ) at the college level. When he gets home from teaching, that is.
redneckgaijinredneckgaijin on March 29th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
The root word, of course, is compare.

The answer is actually, "Because it's FRENCH," Norman French to be specific, and before that Latin.

Comparison - from Latin "comparationem" to Old French "comparaison"
Comparative - comparativus

As English replaced French as the language of the English government, the third vowel sound shifted from long A to short I.

Source: Online Entymology Dictionary
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 29th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thank you!
browngirl on March 30th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you for actually providing information!

*makes a note of your interesting answer*
The Djao'Mor'Terra Collectivefayanora on March 31st, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
A chimpanzee throwing darts at a corkboard chose the rules and spellings for English words.