The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #132499 Message #2999156
Posted By: Darowyn
04-Oct-10 - 03:52 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Someone who attends an event is an attender.
Someone who is 'attended to' is an attendee.
So at a gig the audience are the attenders, and the artists are the attendees.
The "..er" suffix is active. The "...ee" suffix is passive.
A referee is someone who is referred to. A referrer is someone who refers.
I saw a notice on a bus recently. It said "Seating capacity 56. Standees 12"
Standees must be people who have been stood up. How sad for them!