And that's when I'll get back to you/me.
Oh, dear, how did it get to be Thursday? Maybe I meant next Sunday. Anyway, s is for -ster. that's what I want to discuss.
spinster noun derogatory: an unmarried woman, typically an older woman beyond the usual age for marriage. DERIVATIVES: spinsterhood noun.spinsterish adjective ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense ‘woman who spins’): from the verb spin +
NOTE: in early use the term was appended to names of women to denote their occupation. The current sense dates from the early 18th cent.usage: The development of the word spinster is a good example of the way in which a word acquires strong connotations to the extent that it can no longer be used in a neutral sense. From the 17th century, the word was appended to names as the official legal description of an unmarried woman: Elizabeth Harris of Boston, Spinster. This type of use survives today only in some legal and religious contexts. In modern everyday English, however, spinster cannot be used to mean simply ‘unmarried woman’; as such, it is a derogatory term, referring or alluding to a stereotype of an older woman who is unmarried, childless, prissy, and repressed. (Online Dictionary)
I knew that and I'm sure you did too. But I was trying to think of other -ster words. So far I have huckster:
huckster noun: a person who sells small items, either door-to-door or from a stall or small store.• a mercenary person eager to make a profit out of anything.• a publicity agent or advertising copywriter, esp. for radio or television.verb [ with obj. ]promote or sell (something, typically a product of questionable value).• [ no obj. ] bargain; haggle. DERIVATIVES hucksterism noun. ORIGIN Middle English (in the sense ‘retailer at a stall, hawker’): probably of Low German origin.
Advertising men are called hucksters, or were. Now they are called Mad Men. There was a bestselling novel a while back, called The Hucksters, made into a movie starring Clark Gable? I'll look it up.
The Hucksters is a 1947 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film directed by Jack Conway and starring Clark Gable that marked the debut of Deborah Kerr in an American film. The supporting cast includes Sydney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnoldand Ava Gardner. The movie is based on the novel The Hucksters by Frederic Wakeman, Sr., a skewering of the post-World War II radio advertising industry with a racy backdrop for its day involving Gable and his alternating pursuit of Kerr and Gardner. (Wikipedia)
What about webster? Originally a webster was a weaver, probably female, but the online dicitonary doesn't say so. I know that ster was a feminine suffix. The only one that sticks now is the derogatory use in spinster. Youngster can be either gender, I think, but gangster, mobster and trickster seem to me to be male.
What about blogster? The dictionary thinks it's only a game, but we know better. I am a blogster.