apt-, ept-

(Latin: fit, fitted, suited, suitable, appropriate; join, fasten)

aptly
aptness
aptonym (s) (noun), aptonyms (pl)
1. A proper name that aptly describes the occupation of the person, especially by coincidence.
2. The term aptonym is used for "people whose names and occupations, workplaces, or situations have a close correspondence", according to Frank Nuessel in The Study of Names.
3. Etymology: term used for "people whose names and occupations or situations have a close correspondence".

A compound word that consists of the adjective apt, from Latin via Middle English meaning, "suitable", or "appropriate" + Greek -nym, "name".

Examples of aptonyms or aptronyms

  • Peter Hammer, a hardware store clerk
  • Nita House, a real estate agent
  • Dr. Barret Hyman, an obstetrician and gynecologist
  • Dr. Joseph C. Babey, a pediatrician
  • Thomas Edison, a General Electric employee
  • Ken Lawless, a police chief
  • Fred Couch, an upholsterer
  • Cathy Book, a bookstore clerk
  • Bob Counts, an accountant
  • Leonard Divine, a rabbi
  • Dr. Knapp, an anesthesiologist
  • Lawrence E. Lawhead, an attorney
  • Dr. Carey Parrett, a veterinarian
  • Jerry Frisk, a security guard
  • Joe B. Musselman, a body builder
  • James Splatter, a painter
  • George Wheeler, independent trucker
  • Sue Yoo, a lawyer
  • Will Wynn, former mayor of Austin, Texas (2003-2009)
aptronym (s) (noun), aptronyms (pl)
A name which matches or sounds like its owner’s occupation or character.

Attributed to Franklin P. Adams, as discussed in the book, What's In a Name, by Paul Dickson.

Some actual names include: Dan Druff, a barber; Felicity Foote, a dance teacher; James Bugg, an exterminator; Will Snow, an arctic explorer; and William Wordsworth, the poet.

aptyalism (s) (noun), aptyalisms (pl)
Deficiencies or the complete lack of saliva secretions: When Gerald has significant aptyalisms going on, it becomes very difficult or impossible for him to have enough saliva to moisten his mouth to begin the digestive processes, and to lubricate food while he is trying to chew and swallow.

Since Martin is afflicted with aptyalism, he has a very dry mouth and so he has a problem eating without frequent sips of water.

attitude (AT i tood", AT i tyood") (s) (noun), attitudes (pl)
1. A feeling or a way of thinking which affects a person's behavior: Beatrice has a positive attitude about the kind of work she is doing because she works together with others and is friendly; however, Jeremy has a negative attitude since he is not friendly or cooperative.
2. The way a person feels about someone or something: The teacher wants to change the hostile attitude some of his students have regarding mathematics.

The saleslady has a friendly attitude with all of her customers.

3. Etymology: from Latin aptitudinem, "fitness"; from Latin aptus, "joined, fitted".
attitudinize (at" i TOOD nighz, at" i TYOOD nighz) (verb), attitudinizes; attitudinized; attitudinizing
To present a special behavior in order to impress others: Jim was attitudinizing his audience with stories about how he was able to accomplish more for his company than anyone else could.
To pose for effect.
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To have an attitude of pride.
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inapt
inaptitude (in AP ti tood", in AP ti tyood") (s) (noun), inaptitudes (pl)
1. Something which is not suitable or proper: Joan’s friend showed inaptitude when he started smoking while the others were still eating their dinner at the same table in the restaurant.
2. Anyone who is lacking the skill or the capability of doing something: Because Tom realized his ineptitude at filling out his income tax form by himself, he decided to have a professional agency do it for him.
Lack of skill.
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inaptly
inept (adjective), more inept, most inept
1. Referring to something that is unsuitable, out of place, or inappropriate: Little Mary made an inept comment, or an ill-chosen remark, to her mother saying that the beans tasted terrible.
2. Relating to an awkward, a clumsy, or an incompetent situation: Jim’s son was a hopelessly inept dancer, who too often stepped on the toes of his partner!
3. Characteristic of someone who is lacking in reason or judgment; foolish: The mailman turned out to be very inept because he often lost some of the letters he was supposed to deliver!
4. Etymology: from Latin ineptus; in, "not" + aptus, apt, "joined, fitted".

Pertaining to that which is likely to fail in one's purpose.
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Referring to a lack of sense or reason.
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ineptitude (in EP ti tood", in EP ti tyood") (s) (noun), ineptitudes (pl)
1. Unsuitable or a lack of proper behavior: James displayed his ineptitude at the dinner party by telling too many inappropriate jokes.
2. A deficiency of ability or skill: Because Tom knew his ineptitude at filling out his income tax form by himself, he decided to have a professional agency do it for him.
ineptly
ineptness