Engageability vs engagability (was: "RE: Browseable vs browsable?)

Subject: Engageability vs engagability (was: "RE: Browseable vs browsable?)
From: "Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: "Kathy Bowman" <Kathy -dot- Bowman -at- saabsystems -dot- com -dot- au>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 11:14:01 -0700

Kathy Bowman wrote:

> neither 'engageability' nor 'engagability' exists in any dictionary
> I have seen. It is jargon, but appropriate for the context. Which
> spelling do you think I should use for this nonexistent word?


I can think of only three English words in which a soft G is not
followed by "e" or "i", and only one of them has no alternate

Comparing the output from:


with the output from:


will show that all words ending in "-ability" that ARE in that
dictionary have an "e" if they're pronounced with a soft G, and
no "e" if they're not... So "engageability" seems like the best


=== Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com
=== Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA

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