I was sending Richard a message today and I used the term psaltrist. At that point it dawned on me that I had no idea how a psaltery player would be referred to other than as a "psaltery player".
Dictionary.com and other searches found nothing for psaltrist, psalterist, psalterer or psaltress. There were a couple casual references using psaltrist and psalterer, but nothing that leads me to believe there is a specific suffix used for psaltery players.
Dictionary.com provided this:
a suffix of nouns, often corresponding to verbs ending in -ize or nouns ending in -ism, that denote a person who practices or is concerned with something, or holds certain principles, doctrines, etc.: apologist; dramatist; machinist; novelist; realist; socialist; Thomist.
|a suffix forming distinctively feminine nouns: countess; goddess; lioness.|
|1.||a suffix used in forming nouns designating persons from the object of their occupation or labor (hatter; tiler; tinner; moonshiner), or from their place of origin or abode (Icelander; southerner; villager), or designating either persons or things from some special characteristic or circumstance (six-footer; three-master; teetotaler; fiver; tenner).|
|2.||a suffix serving as the regular English formative of agent nouns, being attached to verbs of any origin (bearer; creeper; employer; harvester; teacher; theorizer).|
Does anyone have any other information? What have you heard people use?
Maybe we should just decide for ourselves...after all, if we use it long enough the "dictionary" will eventually add it : )
A flute player would be a flautist not a flauterer (giggle) and a piano player a pianist not a
So, which do you think is correct or just plain prefer?
4. Donna needs a life because nobody cares : )