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Postby Stargzer » Thu Jun 30, 2005 11:42 pm

Many people should be familiar with a hearty "Howdy, pardner!" done in a western drawl, but I was a bit surprised to find this listed in several dictionaries as a variant spelling of partner. I always figured it for an unofficial pronunciation spelling.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.


NOUN: Regional A partner, companion, or friend.
ETYMOLOGY: Variant of partner.

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Postby Flaminius » Fri Jul 01, 2005 2:04 am

Is there no connection with pardon? If one's partners are too acquiescent to raise a question to the worse of your nonchalance, they are pardoners in offence.

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